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Insurance Institute for Highway Safety selects Audi A3, Audi A4 and Audi Q5 as 2011 Top Safety Picks

Audi continues to collect awards this year for it’s model lineup. Just before Christmas the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety awards three Audi model’s with it’s Top Safety Pick award, and those were the the A3, A4 and Q5.

There is an old wives take that says that no small car can be safe, but with the IIHS awards for the A3, A4 and Q5 it proves that is not the case. These three models are some of our smaller sized vehicles and yet they are among the safest on the road, that’s what German engineering can do for you.

Last year the Institute toughened criteria for TOP SAFETY PICK by adding a requirement that all qualifiers must earn a good rating for performance in a roof strength test to assess protection in a rollover crash.

Overall, the Institute selected 66 vehicles for its highest honor. This marks the third year in a row that these three Audi models have earned the Institute’s top recognition.

“Safety stands at the forefront of Audi vehicle development, so it’s rewarding when an evaluator with the credibility of IIHS recognizes this work,” said Johan de Nysschen, President, Audi of America.

“Safety is a priority among this crop of winners,” said Adrian Lund, IIHS President. “From the start these manufacturers set out to design vehicles that would
earn TOP SAFETY PICK, even though we’ve made it harder to win.”

Dec 29th, 2010