Congratulations are in order for Buick after its new Verano earned top scores in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests. This now means that every new Buick model is on the Institute's Top Safety Pick list.

The Verano's safety credentials weren't really in question though, since the Chevy Cruze with which it shares a platform also made the Top Safety Pick list.

"When we started the vehicle development of Buick Verano, we had a comprehensive safety strategy that enabled us to achieve the highest safety rating and to be among the best safety performers in the segment," said Sigit Santosa, General Motors' Engineering Group Manager of Vehicle Safety Performance Integration.

Scroll down to read GM's official press releas on the Verano's ratings. There's a video of the new Buick compact being smashed up, as well.



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Family Affair: All Buicks Are IIHS Top Safety Picks
New Verano overcomes peer pressure with insurance industry recognition


DETROIT – Being the smallest Buick, the Verano faced significant peer pressure to match its larger siblings in safety systems. But the luxury sedan was up to the task, and, as a result, every Buick is a 2012 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

"Buick is building state-of-the-art crash protection into every model from the ground up," said IIHS President Adrian Lund. "This means the best overall protection in the most common kinds of crashes, along with standard electronic stability control for helping drivers to stay out of many crashes to begin with."

The IIHS tests vehicles to determine occupant protection in front, side, and rollover crashes, and specifically tests seats and head restraints for neck protection in rear impact crashes. To earn a 2012 Top Safety Pick designation, a vehicle must be rated "good" in all four tests.

Verano engineers were challenged to make industry-leading safety features a key element for the new vehicle.

"When we started the vehicle development of Buick Verano, we had a comprehensive safety strategy that enabled us to achieve the highest safety rating and to be among the best safety performers in the segment," said General Motors Engineering Group Manager of Vehicle Safety Performance Integration Sigit Santosa. To achieve this goal, we implemented several advanced safety technologies in the Buick Verano."

The Verano has 10 standard air bags and the security of OnStar, a combination unmatched by any competitor. In the event of a rollover crash, sensors in the vehicle deploy standard head curtain air bags prior to impact and leave them inflated for an extended period.

Verano's advanced body structure is comprised of more than 60 percent high-strength steel that provides a protective safety cage around occupants. Other safety measures include standard four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, panic brake override, StabiliTrak electronic stability control, and a collapsible pedal system that reduces the risk of leg injury.

"Buick buyers want to make certain that any vehicle they buy has state-of-the-art safety features," said Jack R. Nerad, executive market analyst and editorial director for Kelley Blue Book's kbb.com. "With this in mind, Buick engineers have incorporated an unprecedented combination of safety systems to more than address that need." Kbb.com recently named the Verano among its "10 Best Sedans Under $25,000."

For the Regal uxury sport sedan, the approach is equally holistic with an advanced, high-strength body structure and also features collapsible pedals. According to Car and Driver magazine, the Regal's powerful Brembo front brakes mean "the GS stops from 70 mph in a scant 160 feet."

Both the LaCrosse luxury sedan and the Enclave luxury midsize crossover feature six air bags, with available rear side thorax bags bringing the total to eight for LaCrosse. Both models are offered with high-intensity discharge headlamps that articulate around corners to provide improved lighting on winding roads and LaCrosse also offers a heads-up display, which allows the driver to keep his or her eyes on the road.

Every 2012 Buick features four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, StabiliTrak, front safety belt pretensioners, and six months of standard OnStar's Advanced Crash Response System. Buick also offers optional active safety features including rear view cameras, ultra-sonic front and rear park assist, and a blind spot warning system on some models.

Buick's safety story continues later this year with the 2013 Enclave, which will include the industry's first front center air bag standard. It deploys from the inboard side of the driver's seat and positions itself between the driver and front passenger during a crash.

In early 2013, Buick's safety story moves to the luxury small crossover segment with Encore. The new vehicle offers smart safety features and a body structure consisting of 60 percent high-strength steel.

"Safety is a top priority in Buick's product renaissance, as evidenced by receiving these accolades from IIHS on every model," said Gay Kent, GM executive director of Vehicle Safety. "Our customers can have confidence in the safety performance of every Buick for sale today."


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      Z. Kesh
      • 2 Years Ago
      Trunk Hinges= 1970 Interior quality= 1990 conclusion: An overpriced Vauxhall / Opel / China-Car
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Z. Kesh
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        Charles Milsaps
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Z. Kesh
        It’s a world market and a world car. The only thing from the 70’s is your perception of the world.
        Richard Goebel
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Z. Kesh
        China car? Sounds like something YOU would buy.
        Big AL
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Z. Kesh
        Buick Verano = baby lexus Z.Kesh = Anti-American trash
          Lachmund
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Big AL
          an opel isn't a lexus but still better than most american developments
        Lane Trujillo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Z. Kesh
        Interior Quality? Who are you kidding. For the price you won't touch this interior quality ANYWHERE else. Laminated glass, over-insulation, quietsteel. Those are all items found on cars that cost 50% more than the Verano. IF I were to pick on this car, I would complain about back seat space. Other than that (and that might not matter to 70% of the buyers in this class) this car is a home run. Once they drop the 2.0 turbo in it, I'll be buying one.
      kevin
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well done, Opel!
        carfan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @kevin
        well done GM, OWNER of Opel!!!!
          carfan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @carfan
          to lachmund...for keeping them in business for more than 80 years. when Ferkel and the rest of the idiiot german government refused to help GM; they should have dumped the krauts at the same time they dumped the swedes...and don't be a smart a$$, WITHOUT GM THERE WOULDN'T BE OPEL, Opel would be gone like the NSU, DKW etc.
          Lachmund
          • 2 Years Ago
          @carfan
          for giving them enough money or what?
          Synthono
          • 2 Years Ago
          @carfan
          Opel would have been bought by VW?
        dohc73
        • 2 Years Ago
        @kevin
        LOL, stupid European.
      SloopJohnB
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well, they're safe if you're a 5' 10"-ish male. If you're a small female, not so much.
        carfan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        also unsafe for small brained guys like you, that's why toyota has the SUA problem, cuz of idiots like YOU!!!!
      SKINNYwithNOfood
      • 2 Years Ago
      The chrome accent on the the taillights are so tacky. I'd rather have an ILX than this.
      Big AL
      • 2 Years Ago
      Buick building a baby Lexus really pissed off a lot of Anti-American Toyota drivers on this site ?
        Synthono
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Big AL
        Calling it a baby Lexus kind of discredits it, doesn't it? Buick has their own design language, and you'll never confuse it with a Lexus as a result. Which isn't really a problem, it's a nice car that stands on its own merits.
          Z. Kesh
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Synthono
          Buick HAD its own design language. What you are seeing is a car from OPEL, adapted to the asian market. That's what you are looking at. Period.
      Car Guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      This video is not from IIHS............
      Lachmund
      • 2 Years Ago
      opel knows what they are doing
      SKINNYwithNOfood
      • 2 Years Ago
      Opel verano
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      Democritus
      • 2 Years Ago
      GMNA gave us the Buick Regal by simply dropping a waterfall grille on the Opel Insignia while leaving the rest of it untouched. I wish they had done the same with this car and had just changed the grille on the Opel Astra and called it the Verano. It's all a matter of taste and market, I suppose, but the Astra 5-door is one slick car.
        Synthono
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Democritus
        They have done that in China - it's called the Excelle XT - but given GM NA's distaste of hatchbacks I'm not holding my breath. Which is a shame, since it IS a slick car.
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