GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN - According to the IIHS, crash tests demonstrate occupant protection in many vehicles is improving. However, IIHS doesn't routinely test vehicles in every size/type category. Emphasizing vehicles for family use, the Institute usually crash tests four-door models. To evaluate the extent to which automakers are extending crashworthiness improvements to two-door cars, the Institute recently conducted front, side, and rear tests of 2009 coupes including the Chevrolet Cobalt, Ford Focus, Honda Civic, and Scion tC, all small models, plus the mid-size Volvo C30.
The Volvo C30 and the Ford Focus are best in group of 5: Earning good ratings in all 3 of the Institute's tests and equipped with optional electronic stability contr
ol, the Focus qualifies as a 2009 Top Safety Pick among small cars. Also earning this award is the midsize Volvo C30. Seven small cars and 10 midsize moderately priced models
now earn the award, the Institute's top safety designation. The list of winners makes it easier for consumers to zero in on vehicles in each class that afford the best overall crash protection.
For more information in the IIHS crash tests, visit www.iihs.org.