IIHS Names 2014 Volvo S80 Sedan a Top Safety Pick+
In its most recent testing, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has named the 2014 Volvo S80 sedan a Top Safety Pick+. The S80 joins the Volvo S60, XC60, and XC90, which all received a 2013 Top Safety Pick+ award last year.
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The new plus distinction indicates success in a small overlap front test, replicating an instance of a vehicle’s corner striking a vehicle or object. IIHS uses 25% of the car’s front end in their testing, hitting a five-foot-high barrier at a reasonable 40 mph. The Volvo S80 sedan was well equipped for this type of common—and dangerous—crash, largely due to the car’s safety cage.
“Our safety cage features a robust design with a blend of different steel qualities,” reported Thomas Broberg, senior safety advisor at Volvo Car Group. “The new IIHS test program confirms the exceptional crashworthiness of this patented solution. Similar mixes of steel qualities are used in all current Volvo models, and the technology will be further enhanced in the upcoming models developed on our Scalable Product Architecture.”
Broberg added, “The IIHS Top Safety Pick+ emphasizes the sustainability of our safety leadership. We are moving closer to 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.”
Going forward, IIHS is also testing vehicle’s front crash-prevention systems, for the first time acknowledging the major steps automakers have taken to prevent crashes altogether. The Volvo S60, XC60, and S80 are all offered with City Safety and Collision Warning, with Pedestrian Detection and Full Auto Brake, meaning they will all merit the 2014 Top Safety Pick+ distinction.
“We welcome that the major rating institutes are now beginning to integrate collision avoiding technologies into their test programs,” said Broberg. “This gives consumers a better insight into the advantages of auto brake systems. It will also drive the implementation of these technologies through the vehicle fleet.”
Look out for more crash prevention technologies from Volvo in the coming years.