Volvo Cars continues to move toward our vision that by 2020 no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo. In 2013, top results from independent rating institutes all over the world emphasized that Volvo Cars remains on top when it comes to automotive safety. "Viewed together, all the top ratings during the past year emphasize our world-leading position in automotive safety. We are very proud to offer consumers some of the world's safest cars," says Thomas Broberg, senior safety advisor at Volvo Cars. During 2013, sales of Volvo cars equipped with systems for automatic braking also passed the 1 million mark.
The most recent rating result is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ for the Volvo S80. Previously, the Volvo S60, XC60 and XC90 received a 2013 Top Safety Pick+ ranking, after IIHS extended its scope by integrating the small overlap test in 2012. The S80 Top Safety Pick+ results include good performance in the small overlap front test, which replicates what happens when the front corner of a vehicle strikes another vehicle or object, such as a tree or a utility pole - a very severe crash situation. In the test, 25 percent of the front end on the driver's side strikes a 5-foot-high rigid barrier at 40 mph.
"Our safety cage features a robust design with a blend of different steel qualities. The new IIHS test program confirms the exceptional crashworthiness of this patented solution. Similar mixes of steel qualities are used in all current Volvo models and the technology will be further enhanced in the upcoming models developed on our Scalable Product Architecture," says Broberg.
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.
The Crash Tests
During 2013, IIHS extended its scope by introducing a new test
program that rates the performance of front crash prevention systems.
The Volvo S60, XC60 and S80 equipped with City Safety, Collision Warning
with Full Auto Brake, and Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection were among
the car models awarded a 'Superior' rating in the new test.
The crash prevention evaluation has now been incorporated into the 2014 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating. This means the Volvo S60, XC60 and S80 are among the car models with a 2014 Top Safety Pick+ rating according to this extended scope.
Our Vision 2020
Our long-term vision at Volvo is that by 2020 nobody will be seriously injured or killed in a new Volvo. Ultimately, that means designing cars that do not crash. It's a unique and bold vision in our industry - after all, we've committed ourselves to a specific date. Not only that, in typical Volvo style, our long-term vision has regard for others, too. Because cars that don't crash not only keep their passengers safe - they also protect other road users, including pedestrians. We're working to achieve our Vision 2020 by teaming up with industry partners and government agencies, by fitting our cars with preventive and protective safety systems, and by studying how people behave in real-life traffic situations. All this helps us engineer innovations that focus on the most important thing of all: your safety and that of those around you.
You can find the full report on the IIHS Website