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Volvo XC60 and S60 Excel in New IIHS Crash Test

To reward 2013 models with superior crash protection, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is awarding the new Top Safety Pick+ accolade to vehicles earning good or acceptable ratings in the new IIHS small overlap test as well as top marks in other IIHS evaluations, including moderate overlap frontal crashes, side crashes, rollovers and rear crashes. We are extremely pleased to have the Volvo XC60 join the S60 in receiving this prestigious safety award.


MotorTrend joined us to watch the XC60 conquer IIHS’s new Small Overlap Frontal Crash Test, and they weren’t disappointed. In the test, 25 percent of a car’s front end on the driver side strikes a 5-foot-tall rigid barrier at 40 mph. The test is designed to replicate what happens when the front corner of a car collides with another vehicle or an object like a tree or utility pole. Outside of some automakers’ proving grounds, such a test isn’t currently conducted anywhere else in the United States or Europe.

Watch MotorTrend’s DownShift video featuring the Volvo XC60.

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Volvo XC60 is the First Luxury SUV to Achieve a TOP SAFETY PICK+ Award

Latest test makes Volvo the only luxury manufacturer with two TOP SAFETY PICK+ vehicles

ROCKLEIGH, N.J. (March 7, 2013) – The 2013 Volvo XC60 earned a TOP SAFETY PICK+ in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) new small overlap frontal crash test, currently making it the first and only midsize luxury SUV to achieve such results.

Thanks to its top marks in the latest test, Volvo is now the only luxury manufacturer with two TOP SAFETY PICK+ vehicles. The 2013 Volvo S60 sports sedan received the Institute’s highest safety honor in an earlier test.

"We’re so confident in our safety heritage that we went ahead and volunteered the XC60 for the test," said VCNA President and CEO John Maloney. "We don’t design our vehicles to pass a specific crash test; we design them to pass the most important test of all, everyday life.”

The 2013 Volvo XC60 and S60 both earned the top rating of “good” in the tests. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in a moderate overlap frontal crash, small overlap frontal crash, side impact and rollover, plus evaluations of seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts. TOP SAFETY PICK+ winners must earn good ratings for occupant protection in at least four of five evaluations, with no less than acceptable in the fifth test.

To learn more about IIHS’ test of the Volvo XC60 and S60, please visit: