It’s news to nobody that a Volvo is safe, but it is news when the 2014 Volvo S80 is rated a “Top Safety Pick+” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety based partly on its crash avoidance tech.
According to the press release from Volvo and this video from the IIHS, the Volvo S80 even managed to score “Good” on the 40 MPH small overlap test, something few cars manage. According to Volvo, the test replicates what happens when the front corner of a vehicle strikes another vehicle or object, such as a tree or utility pole – a very severe crash situation that, in my experience as a news reporter and photographer who frequently has to shoot photos of these scenes, too often leads to a fatality.
Volvo Car Group Senior Safety Adviser Thomas Broberg said, “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.”
“The IIHS Top Safety Pick+ emphasizes the sustainability of our safety leadership. We are moving closer to our aim that by 2020 no one should be injured or killed in a new Volvo. Our long-term vision is that cars should not crash,” he added.
The Volvo release said IIHS is now evaluating frontal crash avoidance technologies such as the automaker’s City Safety and Collision Warning with Full Auto Brake and Pedestrian Detection, something that played a role in securing the Volvo S80’s Top Safety Pick+ designation.
Broberg said, “We welcome that the major rating institutes are now beginning to integrate collision avoiding technologies into their test programs. This gives consumers a better insight into the advantages of auto brake systems. It will also drive the implementation of these technologies through the vehicle fleet.”