Being known as the safety-minded automaker, Volvo has proved it once again with their 2014 Volvo S80 sedan earning a 2014 Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The new safety standards set by the IIHS include the small overlap test; a test that has proven difficult for many automakers. Volvo says, “In the test, 25 per cent of the front end on the driver’s side strikes a 5-foot-high rigid barrier at 40 mph (64 km/h)” It is the equivalent to hitting a tree, guardrail, utility pole or another vehicle.
“Our safety cage features a robust design with a blend of different steel qualities. The new IIHS test programme 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,” says Thomas Broberg, Senior Safety Advisor at Volvo Car Group.
Volvo is reasserting themselves into the North American market with a slew of new or highly revised vehicles. The 2014 Volvo S80 represents the top of the line of the Volvo product line. The 2014 Volvo S80 is their largest and most luxurious sedan. The 2014 Volvo S80 represents one of the vehicles Volvo is trying to make so safe that it will (one day) eradicate death and serious injury in accidents.
“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,” adds Thomas Broberg.
Institutions like the IIHS will begin testing and rating vehicles for collision avoidance systems. Auto braking, collision avoidance and pedestrian safety will (eventually) be rated on IIHS’ Top Safety Pick+ scale.
“We welcome that the major rating institutes are now beginning to integrate collision avoiding technologies into their test programmes. 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,” says Thomas Broberg.
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