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Audi has been on a roll lately. They’ve already won the “2009 Green Car of the Year Award” and set new sales records this year. And now, the 2010 Audi Q5 and A4 models have earned “2010 Top Safety Pick” ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
During the IIHS’s testing, the crashworthiness of every vehicle is evaluated in four different areas: testing of the seat/head restraints to determine how well protected passengers are against neck injuries in the event of a rear collision, a rollover test (new for 2010), and high-speed front and side crash tests. Vehicles are given ratings of good, acceptable, marginal, or poor in each category. Only those vehicles who achieve ratings of “good” in all four categories and have electronic stability control are awarded the TOP SAFETY PICK rating.
The Q5 and A4, Audi’s two best-selling models, as well as the A3 hatchback, all earned the IIHS’ coveted safety distinction for 2010, which is more than any other luxury German brand. Given Audi’s love for making “no holds barred” advertisements, I’m wondering how long it will be before they rub this fact in Merc’s and BMW’s noses. Guesses anyone?