Seven cars, crossovers win top marks for vehicle crash avoidance
DETROIT (REUTERS) - Cadillac, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo and Subaru earned the highest marks in a new front crash avoidance test programme developed for the US insurance industry.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a non-profit group funded by the insurance industry, rated 2013-2014 vehicles on how well their advanced-technology features help drivers avoid collisions.
IIHS focused on two systems, front collision warning and automatic brakes, which are typically offered as extra-cost options on an increasing number of new cars.
The group tested 74 "moderately priced" and luxury midsize cars and crossovers. IIHS awarded a "superior" rating to seven: General Motors Co's Cadillac ATS sedan and Cadillac SRX crossover; Geely Holding Group Co's Volvo S60 sedan and Volvo XC60 crossover; Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd's Subaru Legacy sedan and Subaru Outback wagon, and Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan.