The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has ranked Volvo S60 amongst the top two cars which earned the best rating in its new small offset frontal crash test.
The test was conducted to study the impact of a collision against another vehicle or an object like a tree, building or a pole. The test, aimed at curbing in the deaths that still occur in the event of a crash, replicated the situation to understand what would happen when the front corner of a car is involved in a collision. It was noted that 25 percent of the front end of the Volvo S60 on the driver's side stood as a rigid barrier while speeding at 64 kmph. A Hybrid III dummy was belted to the driver seat when the test was conducted.
During 2011, more than five Volvo vehicles, the C30, S60, S80, XC60 and XC90 ranked amongst the Top Safety Pick, in a test conducted by IIHS. Volvo ruled as the only European luxury brand bagging awards for five models. The XC60 took the crown, standing out as the only SUV crossover earning an overall five-star rating from the U.S NCAP apart from leading as an IIHS Top Safety pick. During 2010, the XC60 was awarded five stars in all individual crash tests. Apart from that, the driver and passenger safety parameters earned five stars for the company along with a five star rating in both side tests.
Tomas Ernberg, Managing Director, Volvo Auto India opined that the tests have gone a long way to prove the superiority of Volvo in terms of safety and luxury. Volvo stands by its 'Designed Around You' philosophy, according to which it aspires to provide world class experience to its valued customers.