The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the 2014 Chevrolet Volt with top honors last month. Available this year with Forward Collision Alert, the Volt picked up the industry’s honorable designation as the 2014 Top Safety Pick, becoming the only car of 12 additional small cars tested to earn the designation and pick up an award. The results in this most recent round of testing put the Volt ahead of its competitors, both in the electric and small car segments.
“Volt’s crashworthiness performance puts it in the top tier for small car safety,” said Joe Nolan, IIHS Senior Vice President for Vehicle Research. “GM should be commended for Volt’s performance in the small overlap front test because this car was designed before that challenging test was introduced.”
In four of the other six categories tested and monitored during the small overlap front test, the Volt earned a “good” rating, the highest ranking awarded by the IIHS.
GM Global Vehicle Safety vice president believes this achievement is one that speaks volumes of GM’s commitment to safety.
“These outstanding results demonstrate our commitment to the highest levels of safety performance in our vehicles,” said Jeff Boyer, Vice President of GM Global Vehicle Safety. “Achieving the IIHS Top Safety Pick is a key endorsement which is valued by our customers.”
According to IIHS, this small overlap front crash test was introduced in 2012 and is the most difficult of the head-on tests that are performed by either the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or IIHS. This test replicates a collision with another object, such as a tree, on the front corner of the vehicle traveling at 40 mph, which means the vehicle’s front bumpers and crumple zones are avoided, making the rest of the car distribute crash energy elsewhere.
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