It’s a great honor when someone like Insurance Institute for Highway Safety bestows an automaker with a safety pick designation and this time this award was grabbed by the German brand Volkswagen. Yea, that’s right the IIHS has bequeathed the Top Safety Pick Award to the 2012 Audi A6 and 2012 Volkswagen Passat. The award distinguishes vehicles that gross the top rating of good for front, side, rollover, and rear crash protection, and that have electronic stability control (ESC). And Volkswagen’s latest sedans have received top marks in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s four vehicle tests. Both of these cars are redesigned for MY-2012.
The Audi A6 is a large opulent car while Volkswagen Passat is a midsize reasonably priced car. The 2012 Volkswagen Passat’s top was competent to endure 6.32 times the vehicle’s restrain weight for a crest force of 20,592 lbs. before crushing four inches. And this is the figure that helps the car snatch the ace position in the category of the midsize moderately priced cars class tested by the IIHS. The Second position was seized by the VW’s smaller sedan, the Jetta, while the Toyota Camry managed to be at the third position. The Audi A6 was proficient of surviving 4.9 times its weight in the roof test. The A6 received pinnacle marks in the frontal offset test. As per the records the vehicles with a strength-to-weight ratio of 4 or higher are said to have a good rating. Institute research reveals that travelers of vehicles with strong roofs are much safer and get less serious injuries in rollover crashes.
The Passat ancestors model of year 2009 and 2010 model were also IIHS Top Safety Picks. The 2012 Audi A6 is available with the option of either a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder or 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine. You’ll get 2012 A6 at a price of $41,700 with features like Bluetooth, USB iPod integration and satellite radio. The U.S. built Passat starts from $19,995 and comes with standard features like Bluetooth, auxiliary audio input and three years of free maintenance.