New Subaru BRZ earns top award from IIHS

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 stability control.

"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."

About IIHS
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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