September 27, 2013

Volvo S60 and XC60 get superior rating in new test of front crash prevention systems

Volvo Car Group's position at the pinnacle of car safety is again highlighted with the US Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) introducing a new test programme that rates the performance of front crash prevention systems. Both the Volvo S60 and XC60
get the highest possible rating 'Superior' - and Volvo Cars' City Safety is the only standard fitment low-speed crash prevention system in the test, which included 74 vehicles.

"We welcome that the major rating institutes now begin to integrate collision avoiding technologies in their test programmes. This gives consumers a better insight into the advantages of auto brake systems. It will also drive implementation of these technologies through the vehicle fleet," said Thomas Broberg, Senior Safety Advisor at Volvo Car Group.

The IIHS' new crash prevention evaluation will be incorporated into the institute's 2014 Top Safety Pick+ rating. It includes two tests addressing front-to-rear crashes, one at 20 km/h (12 mph) and the other at 40 km/h (25 mph). An additional point is given to vehicles with Forward Collision Warning.

The Volvo S60 and XC60 equipped with City Safety and Collision Warning with Full Auto Brake and Pedestrian Detection are among seven models that get a 'Superior' rating in the new test.

"Over the years, the risk of being injured in a Volvo has been reduced continuously and substantially. By introducing new preventive and protective systems, we keep moving towards our aim that by 2020 no one should be injured or killed in a new Volvo. Our long-term vision is that cars should not crash," added Thomas.


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