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2016 Audi A6 earns IIHS highest rating of Top Safety Pick+

Posted On Saturday, 28 March 2015 20:00 Written by
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Newly refreshed for the 2016 model year, the Audi A6 has earned the rating of Top Safety Pick+ when equipped with the available Driver Assistance package and produced after January 2015. Top Safety Pick+ is the highest 2015 rating available from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The 2016 A6 recently underwent the IIHS Small Overlap Front Crash test and received the highest possible rating of “good”.

“This year’s Top Safety Pick+ award for the Audi A6 reflects the Brand’s longstanding commitment to the development and introduction of innovative technologies,” said Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America. “With outstanding safety features, available driver assistance systems, and a refined design, the 2016 A6 exemplifies the commitment to excellence that Audi stands for.”

In addressing the evolving criteria for consumer crash tests as designated by the IIHS and showcase Audi’s commitment in engineering excellence, for its 2016 product improvement, the A6 receives a fully reinforced structure, building on the model’s good ratings in the Institute's other crashworthiness tests and an advanced rating for its optional front crash prevention system.

The A6 showcases an updated dynamic stance and presence on the road with more power and refinement that the previous model. On sale this month, the 2016 A6 boasts a vibrant new front fascia and significant engine updates.

The available Driver Assistance package includes Audi pre sense plus, which, when equipped, earns the Audi A6 an advanced rating for front crash prevention. The Driver Assistance package also includes adaptive cruise control with stop & go functionality, Audi active lane assist, high beam assistant, and a top view camera system.

The A6 also features a faster, more innovative level of in-vehicle connectivity. The available MMI navigation plus with MMI touch displays on a power-retractable, eight-inch monitor and includes voice control, Audi music interface and Bluetooth integration. The Modular Infotainment Platform features NVIDIA® quad core technology and the Audi connect® system accesses the internet via a 4G LTE connection and includes an integrated Wi-Fi hotspot for up to eight passenger devices and a wide variety of infotainment components.

IIHS Top Safety Pick Ratings
IIHS tests evaluate two aspects of safety: crashworthiness — how well a vehicle protects its occupants in a crash — and crash avoidance and mitigation — technology that can prevent a crash or lessen its severity.

To determine crashworthiness, IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor, based on performance in five tests: moderate overlap front, small overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints. In the area of crash avoidance and mitigation, IIHS assigns vehicles with available front crash prevention systems ratings of basic, advanced or superior, based on the type of system and performance in track tests.

For more information about the 2016 Audi A6, please visit www.audiusa.com.

Driver Assistance Package is available on Premium Plus and Prestige models and includes Audi pre sense plus. "Top Safety Pick+” based on good ratings in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, head restraint tests; no less than an acceptable rating in the small overlap front tests; and an advanced rating for front crash prevention. For details, visit www.iihs.org.

-- Press release courtesy of Audi

Matt M. Myftiu

Matt Myftiu has been a journalist for two decades with a focus on technology, NASCAR and autos.

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