The Volvo's design is also older then any one of those cars - The Mailbu
shares a platform with the Saab 9-3, and the Saab was picked as Swedens
safest car (could have been the 9-5... but I know the 9-3 is very safe
too)... so Saab knows a thing or two about safety, and teaches GM, as Volvo
The Audi was also redesigned for this year.
What is more disapointing is that the new S40 got acceptable, to have the
new Jetta really show everyone how to make a small car safe, it got a Best
Pick for side, and a Good rating (tho not best pick) for frontal offset.
I don't know if Volvo was the "clear leader" for a while now - Saabs seem to
do just as good or better, and back in the day you were probably as safe in
a Mercedes Benz.... Volvo just has a more vocal safety regime, now that
everyone is concered about safety, or so it would seem, you hear more and
more about other cars being just as good... With computer technology pretty
much everyone can be at the top, if they want to spend the money.
"John Horner" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> I guess this is a milestone of sorts in the evolution of crash protection
> from being a specialty feature of Volvo and into being something for
> everyone. I am also sure that a chorus of apologists will arise claiming
> that the IIHS test is somehow flawed. To those people I ask: When Volvo
> does well on IIHS tests, doesn't Volvo brag about it?
> Here is the news release from IIHS today:
> A few exerpts:
> Volvo is acceptable: The S60's performance was not as good as the A4's or
> Malibu's. With the standard curtain airbags, head protection was good. But
> forces on the driver dummy's pelvis were high.
> "Even though the S60 has standard torso airbags for front-seat occupants
> along with the curtains, a fractured pelvis for the driver would be likely
> in a real-world crash like this," Lund says. "Volvo still has some work to
> do to improve the S60's performance."
> Granted the Malibu they speak of is equipped with optional side air bags
> while the Volvo has them standard. However, the Audi A4 and Saab 9-3 also
> did better than the S60.
> Volvo is no longer the clear leader in crash protection.
> '96 854 110,000 miles
> '72 1800ES 108,000 miles