The smart fortwo's advanced safety concept earns the best top mark and "strongest roof" rating

    TORONTO, Aug. 24 /CNW/ - The smart fortwo was recently awarded the
highest rating in its class for roof strength by the Insurance Institute for
Highway Safety (IIHS). As the only vehicle in its segment to achieve a rating
of "GOOD", the smart fortwo received the highest possible rating and earned
the title of "strongest roof" among all competing micro and mini cars. In
addition, the smart fortwo also performed better than some larger cars in the
same IIHS test and surpassed all but one of the 13 small SUVs previously
    According to the IIHS, roof strength is a critical element responsible
for protecting occupants in a rollover crash. In the IIHS test, the smart
fortwo withstood a force of 5.4 times its weight, far exceeding the minimum
required force ratio of 4 times the vehicle's weight to earn a "GOOD" rating.
The IIHS reports that occupants of a vehicle in the "GOOD" category, like the
smart fortwo, have a 50 per cent less risk of serious or fatal injury in a
single vehicle rollover crash.
    Anchored by the tridion safety cell, the smart fortwo's sophisticated
safety management system provides the best possible protection despite the
vehicle's compact dimensions. This tough steel cage surrounds the driver and
passenger, and its sturdy and rigid shell is reinforced at strategically
important points with high-strength steel to maximize protection for its
occupants. In addition, the many active safety systems including standard
electronic stability program, an anti-lock braking system with electronic
brake force distribution and hydraulic brake assist help drivers avoid an
accident altogether by keeping them safely in control of the vehicle.
    "The smart fortwo is already a benchmark on many fronts but highly
regarded for its low fuel consumption as Natural Resources Canada's ecoENERGY
award winner for two consecutive years as the most fuel efficient vehicle in
the two-seater category," said Marcus Breitschwerdt, President and CEO of
Mercedes-Benz Canada. "This latest test, combined with a series of other
positive results from well-respected third party testing organizations,
confirms what over 15,000 smart owners across Canada already know - the smart
fortwo is a fun, economical, and intelligent solution for safe, modern
mobility for a smart world."

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