Subaru Legacy and Outback earn highest possible rating under IIHS new test program

Subaru Legacy and Outback earn highest possible rating under IIHS new test 

    --  New IIHS test program rates the performance of front crash
        prevention systems.
    --  Subaru Legacy and Outback are two of only seven vehicles to
        earn the highest possible rating for superior front crash

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Sept. 27, 2013 /CNW/ - Subaru Canada, Inc. today announced 
top marks for front crash prevention in the Insurance Institute for Highway 
Safety's (IIHS) new test program. Subaru Legacy and Outback (2013-14 model 
year) vehicles were among only seven to earn the highest possible rating of 
superior. A total of 74 moderately priced and luxury midsize passenger cars 
and SUVs were evaluated under this new program.

The new crash avoidance ratings, designed to evaluate the performance of front 
crash prevention systems, are intended to help consumers decide which features 
to consider and encourage automakers to speed adoption of the technology. 
The rating system is based on research by the Highway Loss Data Institute 
(HLDI), indicating that forward collision warning and automatic braking 
systems are helping drivers avoid front-to-rear crashes.

The Institute rates models with optional or standard front crash prevention 
systems as superior, advanced or basic depending on efficacy in tests at 12 
and 25 miles per hour. The Subaru Legacy and Outback with preventative safety 
technology, EyeSight, were able to avoid a crash or substantially reduce 
speeds in both tests. The Institute awards as many as six points based on 
credit for forward collision warning and how much the systems slow the vehicle 
to avoid or lessen the severity of impact. Subaru's Legacy and Outback 
performed best and were the only two vehicles to receive a full six points. 
Five or six points are needed to obtain a superior rating.

"We want to help get the most effective systems in as many vehicles as soon as 
possible," said David Zuby, IIHS chief research officer. "That means a speed 
mitigation system like Subaru's EyeSight that can prevent crashes at low and 
moderate speeds. At the same time, we want consumers to know that a forward 
collision warning alone can help them avoid crashes, and it's a feature that's 
available on more models than autobrake."

Subaru's innovative driver-assist system, EyeSight, was introduced on select 
2013 Legacy and Outback models. Like a second pair of eyes to help monitor the 
road ahead, EyeSight employs a pair of cameras mounted over the rearview 
mirror to monitor driver behavior and detect objects in the vehicle's path. 
Pre-collision braking, for example, warns of a vehicle directly in front and 
applies the brakes automatically to slow or stop the vehicle, depending on 
travelling speed.

The front crash prevention ratings complement the Institute's long-standing 
crash test program telling consumers how well passenger vehicles protect 
people in a range of crash configurations. In its crashworthiness program, the 
Institute rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on 
performance in moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint 
evaluations. The Institute will award TOP SAFETY PICK with good ratings in all 
four of those tests.

Last year, the Institute introduced the TOP SAFETY PICK+ award to recognize 
models with the best crash protection. To qualify for the 2013 award, vehicles 
had to have good or acceptable protection in a new small overlap front crash 
test, in addition to good ratings for occupant protection in a moderate 
overlap front, side and roof strength test, plus good head restraints and 
seats for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts. For 2014, vehicles 
must also have standard or optional front crash prevention technology with a 
basic, advanced or superior rating for TOP SAFETY PICK+ award eligibility.

"This new rating criteria for a 2014 IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ award bodes well 
for Subaru," said Shiro Ohta, president and CEO of Subaru Canada, Inc. "Subaru 
is the only manufacturer to have achieved a 2013 TOP SAFETY PICK rating for 
all models four years in a row (2010-2013). Our 2014 model year Subaru Legacy 
and Outback achieved a 2013 TOP SAFETY PICK+ award. Earning a top rating under 
the Institute's new program is a positive step towards 2014 TSP/TSP+ award 
eligibility for us."

About Subaru Canada, Inc.  Subaru Canada, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of 
Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, 
the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories 
through a network of over 85 authorized dealers across Canada.

SOURCE  Subaru Canada Inc. 
Joe Felstein or Julie Lychak (905) 568-4959 
Amyot Bachand Media Relations, Quebec Region (514) 691-9276 
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