Saab 9-4X Joins 9-5, Becomes IIHS Top Safety Pick

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is recognized in the United States and around the world for its high-level standards for car safety. Recently, the Institute has been revising its tests to be tougher than ever before.

While this has resulted in a few older vehicles not meeting the new standards, for the most part automakers have redesigned their vehicles to successfully meet them.

Thanks to these standards, today’s vehicles are the safest they have ever been, and combined with other technologies they are helping to limit fatalities on our roads.

One of Saab’s selling points has for a long time been the safety of its vehicles. The company’s new models have carried on with that high level of safety; the 2011 9-5 was recently announced as a Top Safety Pick. Now, Saab’s highly-important new 9-4X crossover is receiving “Top Safety Pick” status from the IIHS as well.

This is an important selling point, and one it and its platform-mate the Cadillac SRX both share. To become a “Top Pick” the 9-4X had to ace front, rear and side-impact crashes, include standard stability control and rate well in the new roof crush test.

The IIHS’ roof score test dictates that a vehicle’s roof must be able to handle four times its overall weight. Like the Cadillac SRX, the 9-4X is built at a General Motors’ plant in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico. Production of the crossover at the plant has not been impacted by Saab’s financial issues.

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Tony Pimpo is a young automotive journalist who lives in Northern California. He believes the future of the automotive industry will depend in a large part on the recommendation of enthusiasts and Generation Y. More than ever, automakers lately have realized the power of Gen Y. Not only in regards to buying power, but in driving opinion and spreading a brand’s message through the internet and various forms of social media. His appreciation for cars formed at an early age, thanks to his dad, who has always been involved with cars in different ways over the years. Tony has contributed to various websites in his pursuits, and is on staff at GMInsideNews, where he has been writing since the age of 12.

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