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It's a big deal when the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety honors a vehicle with a Top Safety Pick designation, and now the 2012 Audi A6 and 2012 Volkswagen Passat can join the big deal club. The IIHS gave both VW Group vehicles the award after they received top scores in stringent front, side and rear impact testing. Both vehicles also feature electronic stability control; a must for any Top Safety Pick winner.

The last check mark any Top Pick needs is a top score in roof strength testing. Top Safety Picks need a roof that can withstand the pressure of four times the overall vehicle weight, and the IIHS says that the A6 can withstand 4.9 times its weight, while the Passat can withstand 6.3 times its weight. Hit the jump to read over the IIHS press release.
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Audi A6 and Volkswagen Passat earn Top Safety Pick award

The Audi A6, a large luxury car, and Volkswagen Passat, a midsize moderately priced car, earn the Institute's top safety accolade following good performance for roof strength in rollover crashes. The award recognizes vehicles that earn the top rating of good for front, side, rollover, and rear crash protection, and that have electronic stability control (ESC). Both of these cars are redesigned for the 2012 model year.

In the Institute's roof strength evaluation, the roof of the A6 withstood a force equal to 4.9 times the car's weight. The roof of the Passat withstood a force equal to 6.3 times the car's weight. The test assesses how well the occupant compartment would hold up in a rollover crash. Vehicles with a strength-to-weight ratio of 4 or higher earn a good rating. By comparison, the current federal standard is 1.5 times weight. Institute research demonstrates that occupants of vehicles with strong roofs are much less likely to sustain serious injuries in rollover crashes.

The roof strength performance for the A6 is an improvement over the previous model, which withstood a force equal to 3.8 the car's weight in the same test, earning an acceptable rating. The previous generation of the Passat earned the TOP SAFETY PICK award for the 2009-10 model years. The previous generation was rated good for rollover protection with a strength-to-weight ratio of 4.8 the car's weight. That version of the Passat was discontinued for 2011.

Both of these cars have ESC as standard equipment. ESC is required by federal regulation as of September 1, 2011.


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        Lachmund
        • 4 Years Ago
        jelly much? btw they were talking about the us passat
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Lachmund
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        Robdaemon
        • 4 Years Ago
        Clearly you missed the Lachmund reply where he told you this is for the US Passat, not the Euro Passat.
        Georg
        • 4 Years Ago
        what a amount of BS claims... 2011 Passat 5 star rating Euro NCAP V60 5star rating child protection rating Passat 77% V60 82% not much different and that little different comes from a very simple fact the Volvo was tested with two rear facing child seats for 18months old and 3 years old childs and the Passat was tested with only one rear facing cild seat for 18months old, the 3years old child seat was facing forward
        STR100
        • 4 Years Ago
        Uh, what year are you talking about, 1997? First of all, the 2010 is the last Passat listed by NCAP, and that received a 5 out of 5 stars overall. Hardly seems like junk. The completely redesigned Passat is by all accounts safer yet, than the previous 5 out of 5 stars.... The S60 and Passat both received 5 out of 5 stars, and the Passat received 38 points for child safety compared to 40 points for the 2011 S60. Comparing last generation Passat to the new S60 and both receiving 5 stars makes you look silly for the incorrect comment. because it was meant to speak ill of the Passat, not inform people of facts. So, what the hell are you referring to? Wrong car maybe? Irrational bias? Wrong reviewing agency cited by you?
        Georg
        • 4 Years Ago
        btw the Volvo V70 has worse results than the Passat adult protection V70 88% Passat 91% Pedestrain protection V70 43% Passat 54% safty assist systems both 71% there are many cars with worse results in the new EuroNCAP test than the Passat Volvo V70 Kia Sorento Subaru Legacy Renault Grand Senic Mercedes C-Class Mazda 6 Honda Accord Citroen D5 and DS5
        bhtooefr
        • 4 Years Ago
        And the Passat that EuroNCAP tested is almost completely different - it's a refreshed B6 Passat. The IIHS tested the New Midsize Sedan, which is essentially a very stretched new Jetta, with some Passat suspension in the back, intended for North America and China only.
      dee8817
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm starting to like those New Audis. Those LED headlamps are really great looking. It compliments the whole front fascia of the car. Paticulary on the A6 shown above. The new Passat is nice, I actually sat in one at the autoshow. I was just a little disappointed that the plastics used don't feel as classy as the previous generation.
      Rayvan
      • 4 Years Ago
      Safety Pick? Pick? Pick. Top Safetly Pick. That's just a weird word to describe how safe a car is...
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