Subaru XV receives IIHS Top Rank Awards third year in a row

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), a US based nonprofit organisation has picked the new Subaru XV Crosstrek as their 2012 Top Safety Pick. With this vehicle added to the winner’s list, Subaru is the only auto manufacturer to be selected for third consecutive year for all models currently on sale in US.

The new XV Crosstrek has earned this top rank and joins the fast growing compact crossover segment suitable for daily commuting due to extensive safety and convenience features and best in class fuel economy. For Subaru, safety is and always has been a top priority. The company keeps in mind customers’ preferences and road conditions and it is this fact that has made them receive this top honor time and again and year after year.

IIHS has based their study on the crash worthiness evaluations which are arrived at after taking into account moderate overlap frontal crash tests. Side evaluations are based on sturdiness of the vehicle after the vehicle is struck by a barrier moving at 31 mph. while rear crash projections are rated according to a two step procedure. Roof strength test entails the roof withstanding a force of four times the vehicle weight before reaching five inches of crush.

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All­new Subaru XV Awarded IIHS 2012 “TOP SAFETY PICK” ­Subaru Remains the Only Manufacturer for the Third Consecutive Year with IIHS Top Rank Awards for All Models ­

Tokyo, October 9, 2012 ­The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS: the U.S. nonprofit organization supported by auto insurers) has recognized the all­new Subaru XV Crosstrek (“Subaru XV” outside of North America) as a 2012 TOP SAFETY PICK. The announcement was made by Subaru of America, Inc.* With the XV added to the winners’ list, Subaru remains the only manufacturer for the third consecutive year with IIHS Top Safety Pick awards for all models currently sold in North America.

The all­new XV Crosstrek earned a “good” rating – the top rank – in the moderate overlap frontal, side, rollover and rear impact evaluations.

“The XV Crosstrek brings Subaru all­wheel drive and crossover technology into the small CUV segment,” said Thomas

J. Doll, executive vice president and COO, Subaru of America, Inc. “Our buyers know that Subaru means safety and adding XV Crosstrek to our 100% list of IIHS Top Safety Picks is proof of that.”

The TOP SAFETY PICK recognizes vehicles that, in IIHS testing, do the best job of protecting people in front, side, rear, and now rollover crashes based on ‘good’ ratings in each category. The IIHS ranks in terms of Good, Acceptable, Marginal and Poor, with ‘good’ as the top rank possible in Institute tests. Winners also must have electronic stability control.

With “Confidence in Motion” as its brand statement, FHI is committed to offering its customers Subaru’s distinctive “Enjoyment and Peace of Mind” driving experience. Subaru will continue to enhance its active, passive and pre­crash safety technologies to embody its commitment to all­around safety as the foundation of “Enjoyment and Peace of Mind” for the customers.

* Subaru of America, Inc. (SOA):

A wholly owned subsidiary of FHI. Headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles in the United States.