The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in the US has just named four Volkswagen models as “TOP SAFETY PICKs 2010”. The Golf, Jetta, Tiguan and Passat posted impressive results in the test procedure, which has subjected vehicles to significantly more stringent requirements since the beginning of 2009. The European consumer protection organization Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Program) awarded the Scirocco its top rating of five stars.
In the US, it was discovered the Golf, Jetta, Tiguan and Passat offer the highest possible level of protection in frontal, rear and side impacts as well as in roof strength. Besides testing for strength of the body structure, IIHS also evaluates safety systems offered as standard equipment such as ABS, ESP and head airbags.
Every year, the IIHS makes its top safety picks of vehicles that offer extensive active and passive safety features for their market segments.
The third generation of the Scirocco, which has been on the market for one year across Europe, was studied based on the new Euro NCAP assessment method. The Scirocco’s safety systems showed impressive results in all assessment categories. Occupant protection, child safety, pedestrian safety and safety equipment were implemented so successfully in vehicle development that the Scirocco was awarded a top five star rating.
This goes to show that our beloved VWs are not just fun cars to drive but also keep us safe. Volkswagen has a long tradition of developing safe vehicles.