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IIHS picks top cars in safetyFriday, December 21, 2012

Category:Car Enthusiast Talk

The Insurance Institute for Highways Safety recently named a number of Top Safety Picks in the automotive industry and gave certain automobiles TSP+ awards based on stringent safety criteria.

The 2013 Ford Fusion was among the vehicles to be evaluated on the new safety distinction. The IIHS the new vehicle through a variety of collision tests, frontal crash, small overlap frontal crash, side impact and rollover. The organization even evaluated the car's restraints for protection against injuries in event of rear impacts. The car received a rating of good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on its performance in the five ratings. The Fusion received the coveted TSP+ award because it received at least a good rating in four out of five of the tests.

"Ford is thrilled to earn this new, highest safety distinction from IIHS," said Steve Kenner, global director of the Automotive Safety Office. "The Fusion is a leading example of exemplary vehicles being designed and produced by Ford to the highest standards of safety."

Along with the Fusion, the Subaru Forester and Outback also earned the TSP+ award. Subaru's 2013 Subaru Impreza, XV Crosstrek, Legacy, BRZ, and Tribeca were also all named Top Safety Picks by the IIHS. To be eligible for this award, vehicles must rank among the best in the industry, receiving a good rating in each moderate overlap front, side, rear and rollover crashes. Those looking to receive to keep their safe cars clean should equip their interior with Husky Liners® cargo floor mats.

Auto sales up in December
The automotive industry has seen positive sales numbers all year and December was no different. According to a recent report by J.D. Power and Associates and LMC Automotive, light vehicle retail sales are expected to come in at a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 12.2 million units, with December's sales total to hit more than 1.15 million by month's end. Luxury car sales are expected to account for 16 percent of all those vehicles.

"Luxury sales always do well this time of the year, but December is turning out to be a great month," said John Humphrey , senior vice president of global automotive operations at J.D. Power and Associates. "New and re-designed vehicle introductions, along with enhanced incentive activity, have been key drivers of the recovery in the luxury market."