Car insurance companies have once more spoken out by releasing their yearly list of the world’s safest cars.
The motor car insurance industry found that this year, the top safety picks were made by German car manufacturer Volkswagen. Top honors also went to Kia and Hyundai Motors, both South Korea-based car makers.
Many consumers rely on the annual listings when planning a new car purchase. Despite the obvious benefits of having a safe car, lowered car insurance rates are another benefit that new car buyers tend to consider. The list, which is put together by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, had 66 new entrants this year. This exceeds last year’s 27 new additions by more than twice over.
Top scorers Kia, Hyundai, and Volkswagen/Audi all earned nine awards for safety. Toyota, Ford, and General Motors each earned eight awards as well. Many auto makers will advertise the number of awards they receive in a given year in order to entice customers and drive sales of their new model year motor cars.
There are several categories in which auto manufacturers can compete. This year, automaker Subaru was the only one who were recognised for outstanding levels of safety in every category in chich it decided to compete. Honda and Nissan reach received two awads. Automakers BMW and Mitsubishi each earned one.
Only after each motor vehicle goes through a vigorous battery of tests will the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety choose the safest out of the entire lot. Every car goes through rear, front, and side crash tests in order to make the determination. The insurance institute makes it a requirement for all vehicles to receive top roof strength test scores and to have electronic stability control to prevent rollovers. Those that lack these features are instantly disqualified from receiving the safety award.