Four Volvos Earn IIHS Top Safety Pick+
We’re just a bit more than a day away from the end of 2014 and the beginning of 2015, which can only mean one thing: the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is releasing their comprehensive list of 2015 model year vehicles that have scored either the Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+.
Volvo brought four vehicles for IIHS to test: the S60, V60, S80, and XC60 (the XC70 was not available to test, nor was the all-new XC90), and each one scored a Top Safety Pick+, which goes a long way toward bolstering the automaker’s ambitions to ensure that there are no crash-related fatalities in a new Volvo vehicle by the year 2020.
“Volvo Cars’ commitment to real-life safety and our Vision 2020, which states that no one will be killed or seriously injured in or by a new Volvo car, underlines our approach towards continuous improvement in this field,” said Dr. Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research & Development at Volvo Cars. “At Volvo Cars we focus on real-life safety— reflecting the many and varied causes and results of car accidents. It is of course a wonderful thing that we receive such honors and recognition for our advanced safety innovations from leading safety institutes.”
For a vehicle to earn the Top Safety Pick from IIHS, it must earn a score of “acceptable” or “good” in the small overlap front test and a “good” score in moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints and seats tests. The S60, V60, S80, and XC60 aced them all.
Then, in order to earn the Top Safety Pick+, each vehicle would need to demonstrate “advanced” or “superior” front crash prevention technology. With standard City Safety and optional Technology Packages equipped, all four models earned superior rankings.
Suddenly, that goal of zero fatalities seems completely and totally plausible.