Volvo is going home with another Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. This time, it’s for the 2016 Volvo XC90 that seats seven. The SUV did well in both the crashworthiness and crash prevention tests.
“Every Volvo currently rated by IIHS has earned a Top Safety Pick+, we are the only automaker that can claim that proud distinction,” said Lex Kerssemakers, President and CEO of Volvo Cars of North America. “The XC90 is the next step in our Vision 2020, which states that no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car by the year 2020.”
The IIHS crashworthiness category includes tests covering small overlap, moderate overlap, side, roof strength, head restraints and seats. Volvo achieved top scores in all of these tests and was deemed superior in front crash prevention thanks to the standard City Safety technology that is fitted in the new XC90.
The XC90 is built on Volvo’s new Scalable Product Architecture platform, which prioritizes safety and electrification. The XC90’s performance in the small overlap crash test, one of the most demanding crash tests available, highlighted a new design that deflects the car after impact. This design significantly reduces the potential for driver and passenger injury. Other safety design elements, such as a breakaway brake pedal and deformation zones in the front seat brackets, help prevent serious injuries in a variety of crash scenarios. All of these safety innovations are a result of Volvo’s unprecedented 40 year effort of recording and studying real-world accidents.
The 2016 XC90 has exceeded sales forecasts around the globe, with 57,000 cars sold compared to a forecast 50,000. Demand for Volvo SUVs has been very strong in the United States and the Volvo XC60 has seen a resurgence in sales and interest. The XC60 is also a Top Safety Pick+.
Earlier this month, Volvo became one of the first automakers to commit to making Automatic Emergency Braking and Forward Collision Warning standard on all Volvos with five years. AEB and other important safety technologies are already standard in all new Volvos.