Audi Q7 Is Top Safety Pick for 2008
HERNDON, VA – The Audi Q7, a luxury performance SUV, earned the Insurance Institute forHighway Safety’s (IIHS) Top Safety Pick award for 2008. The 2008 Q7 received a “good”rating in all three crash tests: side impact, offset frontal, and rear impactseat tests.
In addition to the Q7, three Audi car models, the A3, A4,and A6, have also been recognized as Top Safety Picks in 2008, earning Audi themost Top Safety Pick designations for 2008 models of any luxury automaker thisyear. The Q7’s 2008 rating applies to models built after December 2007 and willcarry over to the 2009-model year, according to www.marketwatch.com.
To qualify for the IIHS’s Top Safety Pick award, a vehiclemust earn the highest rating of good in the Institute’s front, side, and reartests and be equipped with electronic stability control, which Audi hasstandard on every model it produces.
Every Audi sold in the U.S. has standard four-wheel discbrakes with anti-lock braking system (ABS), an electronic stability program,daytime running lights (DRL), and a standard tire pressure monitoring system.The Q7 also features Audi’s quattro permanent all-wheel standard on all models,providing high levels of active safety and traction on virtually any surface.
In 2006, the Audi Q7 pioneered blind spot protection withAudi side assist. The Audi side assist system, currently standard on the AudiQ7 3.6 Prestige and 4.2 Prestige models, monitors up to 165 feet behind thevehicle and alerts the driver when someone is in their blind spot using adirectional amber LED that appears in the inner housing of the exterior mirror.Should the driver attempt to merge into the lane occupied by a vehicle in theirblind spot, the LED will flash brightly when the turn signal is pushed.
At the same time, Audi is enjoying industry recognition,strong consumer interest and growing market share in the U.S. In June, Audi posted thegreatest ranking improvement in initial quality in the results from J.D. Powerand Associates’ 2008 industry-wide study. Audi has enjoyed increased dealertraffic and strong sales of the A4 and TT models, with robust sales in keymarkets. This confluence of positive news positions Audi well as the companygears up for several major U.S. product launches in Fall 2008.