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Audi A4, A6, Q8 and e-tron SUV earns USA IIHS’ Top Safety Pick Award after achieving ‘good’ performance in six crash tests

Audi A4, A6, Q8 and e-tron have achieved “good” ratings, the highest possible grade, from Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)’ Top Safety Pick Award for passing all six crash tests: moderate overlap front, driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, side, roof strength, head restraints and seats.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is an independent, nonprofit scientific and educational organization funded by auto insurance companies in the U.S.A, dedicated to reducing the losses — deaths, injuries and property damage — from motor vehicle crashes. The organization carries out research and produces ratings for popular passenger vehicles as well as for certain consumer products such as child car booster seats. It also conducts research on road design and traffic regulations, and has been involved in promoting policy decisions.

Types of crash tests Moderate overlap frontal test
In the moderate overlap frontal test, a vehicle travels at 64km/h toward a barrier with a deformable face made of aluminum honeycomb. The barrier face is just over 2 feet tall and a Hybrid III dummy representing an average-size man is positioned in the driver seat.


Driver-side small overlap frontal test
The test is designed to replicate what happens when the front left corner of a vehicle collides with another vehicle or an object like a tree or utility pole.

Passenger-side small overlap frontal test
The passenger-side test is the same as the driver-side test except the vehicle overlaps the barrier on the right side. In addition, instead of just one Hybrid III dummy, there are two — one in the driver seat and one in the passenger seat.

Side crash test
Side airbags, which today are standard on most new passenger vehicles, are designed to keep people from colliding with the inside of the vehicle and with objects outside the vehicle in a side crash. However, side airbags by themselves are not enough. Strong structures that work well with the airbags also are crucial.

Roof strength test
In the test, the strength of the roof is determined by pushing an angled metal plate down on one side of the roof at a slow but constant speed and measuring the force required to crush the roof.

Head restraints and seats test
IIHS tests vehicle seats and head restraints with a special dummy that has a realistic spine. The vehicle seat — with the dummy in it — is placed on a sled, which is moved to simulate a rear impact.

When the vehicle passes the crash tests, it earns the ‘Top Safety Pick’ award and in order to meet the requirements for the more stringent ‘Top Safety Pick+’, a vehicle must meet the above standards and also have, as standard or optional equipment, a frontal collision autobraking system that scores as Advanced or Superior.

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good (highest grade). Others range from Basic to Superior.

The Audi A4 and Audi Q8 qualified for the Top Safety Pick rating; while the Audi A6 and e-tron SUV received the Top Safety Pick+ rating.

The all-new Audi A6 qualifies for the highest designation of Top Safety Pick+, while Audi’s four-door luxury SUV, the Q8 earns the Top Safety Pick award. Both the A6 and Q8 earn “good” ratings in all six IIHS crashworthiness evaluations. Both comes standard with front crash prevention systems; rated superior by the IIHS and avoided collisions in IIHS track tests at 19km/h and 40km/h. The forward collision warning components of the A6 and Q8 meet the criteria set by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The A6 is available with Matrix LED headlights which earn good ratings in IIHS evaluations. Both “good”-rated options make use of high-beam assist, a system that automatically switches between high beams and low beams, depending on the presence of other vehicles.

The A4, Audi’s compact executive sedan, sets the standards in its class thanks to numerous safety and assistance systems. Dual front airbags are complemented by front side airbags and full curtain airbags, while park assist, parking aid plus, service indicator, and flat tire indicator round out the package. These safety features made the A4 earn the rating at “Top Safety Pick” of the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) through five gruelling crash tests that challenged both the engineering and design features of the A4.

Lastly, the Audi e-tron quattro SUV is the first ever pure battery electric vehicle (BEV) that earned the IIHS’ Top Safety Pick+ rating. The standard Matrix Design LED headlights and standard automatic emergency braking helped the e-tron achieve the award. It comes standard with Audi pre sense basic, which can help prepare the vehicle for impact by partially closing the side windows and sunroof and pre-tensioning the front safety belts. Using a front-mounted camera, the e-tron can help initiate braking at speeds of up to 87km/h for detected pedestrians and bicyclists and can bring a vehicle to a full stop when traveling at speeds under 40km/h.

The full-size SUV, Audi e-tron, is the first full electric series-production model that is sporty and powerful, yet efficient and practical for everyday driving. This electric all-wheel drive is powered by two large lithium-ion battery with 95 kWh stored energy to provide a range of over 400 kilometers. With 561 Nm of torque, the two electric motors accelerate the electric SUV from zero to 100 km/h in 6.6 seconds — with no hesitation and virtually silent.

For more information, call Audi Philippines at 09178139064 or visit the Audi showrooms located in Greenhills, Global City, Alabang and SM Seaside City Cebu.

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Today’s Front Page December 10, 2019

Today’s Front Page December 10, 2019