Subaru remains the only manufacturer with IIHS Top Safety Picks for all
models for the third consecutive year (2010-2012).
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Sept. 7, 2012 /CNW/ - Subaru Canada, Inc. today
announced that the brand new 2013 Subaru BRZ has earned the Insurance
Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) top award for good performance in
its moderate overlap frontal, side, rollover and rear impact
evaluations. This distinction has helped Subaru pick up six awards in
total, enabling the automaker to become the only one earning a 2012 TOP
SAFETY PICK for every model it builds. The 2013 TOP SAFETY PICK awards
will be released in December of this year.
"We are thrilled that our new rear-wheel-drive sports coupe, the 2013
Subaru BRZ, is among the four new 2013 models to earn the Institute's
top award," said Shiro Ohta, president and CEO of Subaru Canada, Inc.
"Safety is always top of mind as we aim to inspire confidence and peace
of mind on every road in all conditions. Once again, the proprietary
design of our advanced ring-shaped reinforcement frame has helped our
new model earn top honours alongside the rest of Subaru's lineup."
TOP SAFETY PICK recognizes vehicles that, in IIHS testing, do the best
job of protecting people in front, side, rear, and now rollover crashes
based on 'good' ratings in each category. The IIHS ranks in terms of
Good, Acceptable, Marginal and Poor, with 'good' as the top rank
possible in Institute tests. Winners also must have electronic
"For three years running, Subaru is the only automotive manufacturer
with the distinction of earning IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK awards for every
model it builds," said Institute president Adrian Lund. "It's tough to
win, and we commend Subaru for making safety a top priority."
The Institute's frontal crashworthiness evaluations are based on results
of a moderate overlap frontal crash test. Side evaluations are based on
performance in a crash test in which the side of a vehicle is struck by
a barrier moving at 31 mph. The barrier represents the front end of a
pickup or SUV. Rear crash protection is rated according to a two-step
procedure. Starting points for the ratings are measurements of head
restraint geometry - the height of a restraint and its horizontal
distance behind the back of the head of an average-size man. In the
roof strength test, a metal plate is pushed against one side of a roof
at a displacement rate of 0.2 inch per second. To earn a good rating
for rollover protection, the roof must withstand a force of four times
the vehicle's weight before reaching five inches of crush. This is
called a strength-to-weight ratio.
About Subaru Canada, Inc.
Subaru Canada, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy
Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, the
company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories
through a network of over 85 authorized dealers across Canada.
SOURCE: Subaru Canada Inc.
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Joe Felstein or Julie Lychak
Media Relations, Quebec Region