VOLVO XC60 IS THE FIRST LUXURY SUV TO ACHIEVE A TOP SAFETY PICK+ AWARD
Latest test makes Volvo the only luxury manufacturer with two TOP SAFETY PICK+ vehicles
The 2013 Volvo XC60 earned a TOP SAFETY PICK+ in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) new small overlap frontal crash test, currently making it the first and only midsize luxury SUV to achieve such results.
Thanks to its top marks in the latest test, Volvo is now the only luxury manufacturer with two TOP SAFETY PICK+ vehicles. The 2013 Volvo S60 sports sedan received the Institute's highest safety honor in an earlier test.
"We're so confident in our safety heritage that we went ahead and volunteered the XC60 for the test," said VCNA President and CEO John Maloney. "We don't design our vehicles to pass a specific crash test; we design them to pass the most important test of all, everyday life."
The 2013 Volvo XC60 and S60 both earned the top rating of "good" in the tests. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in a moderate overlap frontal crash, small overlap frontal crash, side impact and rollover, plus evaluations of seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts. TOP SAFETY PICK+ winners must earn good ratings for occupant protection in at least four of five evaluations, with no less than acceptable in the fifth test.
RECORD-BREAKING SAFETY RATING FOR THE ALL-NEW VOLVO V40
The all-new Volvo V40 has received the top rating of five stars in the Euro NCAP collision test. The overall result is the best ever recorded by the institute.
It is not only the overall result that is record-high. The all-new Volvo V40's protection for adults was also the best result ever recorded in a test, no less than 98%. During the development of the all-new Volvo V40, the goal was to build in the same safety level as in larger cars. The holistic approach, a strong structure and systems such as the WHIPS whiplash protection system, form the basis for the excellent result.
In the safety assist category, the Volvo V40 scores maximum points. The all-new Volvo V40 was launched as the most intelligent and safe car in its segment. It is truly packed with active safety systems such as Pedestrian Detection with full auto brake, Lane Keeping Aid which helps the driver stay within his or her lane, and BLIS which helps the driver detect vehicles in the offset rear “blind spot”. These high-tech features add to a full deck of safety and support systems from larger models, making the all-new Volvo V40 an excellent representation of IntelliSafe, our complete approach to car safety.
Also in the pedestrian protection category the Volvo V40 sets a new record. One important factor here is the innovative unique pedestrian airbag. Sensors in the front of the car detect any contact with a pedestrian. A pyrotechnical charge releases the bonnet hinges and elevates the bonnet with the help of an airbag. The inflated airbag's cushioning effect combined with the increased distance to the hard components in the engine compartment help protect the pedestrian's head in any impact. The Euro NCAP description of the system says, among other things, that “the system worked well, the bonnet offering good protection in all areas likely to be struck by a pedestrian's head, making the V40 the first car to score maximum points in this area.”
Our IntelliSafe vision is to create cars that will avoid collisions altogether. Safety is, and always will be, Volvo's strength in every sense.
Read the full report on the Euro Ncap webpage
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VOLVO S60 EARNS TOP RESULT IN SEVERE OFFSET CRASH TEST
Volvo Car Corporation's leadership in car safety is once again highlighted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). In the latest report the Volvo S60 is one out of the two cars that earn the best rating in IIHS's new small offset frontal crash test.
In the new test, 25 percent of the car's front end on the driver side strikes a rigid barrier at 40 mph (64 km/h), with a Hybrid III dummy belted in the driver seat. The test is designed to replicate what happens when the front corner of a car collides with another vehicle or an object like a tree or utility pole.
"The relatively small overlap is a very severe crash situation and we are very pleased with the test result. Our aim is to build cars that help protect the occupants in most crash situations that occur in real-life traffic. This test confirms that our safety systems work as intended also when a small part of the front is involved in the collision," says Thomas Broberg, Senior Safety Advisor at Volvo Car Corporation.
Read more about small overlap crash tests on the IIHS website
Watch videos: IIHS Crash Test footage