New Subaru XV Crosstrek earns IIHS Top Safety Pick
Subaru remains the only manufacturer with IIHS Top Safety Picks for all
models for the third consecutive year (2010-2012).
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Oct. 3, 2012 /CNW/ – Subaru Canada, Inc. is pleased to
announce that the all-new 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek has earned the
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) top award for good
performance in its moderate overlap frontal, side, rollover and rear
impact evaluations. This distinction has helped Subaru pick up seven
awards in total, enabling the automaker to become the only one earning
a 2012 TOP SAFETY PICK for every model it builds. The 2013 TOP SAFETY
PICK awards will be released in December of this year.
“Subaru’s 2013 XV Crosstrek joins Subaru’s lineup to target the
fast-growing compact crossover segment with its everyday comfort,
convenience features, exceptional safety and best-in-class fuel
economy,” said Shiro Ohta, president and CEO of Subaru Canada, Inc.
“Safety is always top of mind as we aim to inspire confidence and peace
of mind on every road in all conditions. Subaru’s ring-shaped
reinforcement frame has been proven in more than a decade of use. This
design provides excellent protection with the structure increasing
cabin rigidity and absorbing impact energy from any direction. Once
again, this proprietary design has helped our newest addition earn top
honours alongside the rest of Subaru’s lineup.”
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. “For three years running, Subaru is the only
automotive manufacturer with the distinction of earning IIHS TOP SAFETY
PICK awards for every model it builds,” said Institute president Adrian
Lund. “It’s tough to win, and we commend Subaru for making safety a top
The Institute’s frontal crashworthiness evaluations are based on results
of a moderate overlap frontal crash test. Side evaluations are based on
performance in a crash test in which the side of a vehicle is struck by
a barrier moving at 31 mph. The barrier represents the front end of a
pickup or SUV. Rear crash protection is rated according to a two-step
procedure. Starting points for the ratings are measurements of head
restraint geometry – the height of a restraint and its horizontal
distance behind the back of the head of an average-size man. In the
roof strength test, a metal plate is pushed against one side of a roof
at a displacement rate of 0.2 inch per second. To earn a good rating
for rollover protection, the roof must withstand a force of four times
the vehicle’s weight before reaching five inches of crush. This is
called a strength-to-weight ratio.
About Subaru Canada, Inc.
Subaru Canada, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy
Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, the
company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories
through a network of over 85 authorized dealers across Canada.
SOURCE Subaru Canada Inc.