July 19, 2005


2005 Audi A6 and 2006 Infiniti M35 perform well in crash tests

Arlington, Virginia – The 2005 Audi A6 and the 2006 Infiniti M35, two mid-size luxury sedans, earned top ratings in both front and side impact crash tests recently conducted by the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The 2005 Audi A6 earned good ratings and “best pick” designations for its performance in both tests, making the A6 a “double best pick.” The 2006 Infiniti M35 also earned good ratings in both tests and a “best pick” for crashworthiness in front but not side crashes.

These side impact tests are the first the Institute has conducted on large luxury cars; other luxury vehicles will be tested at a later date. In this crash test, a moving deformable barrier strikes the driver side of a passenger vehicle at approximately 50 km/h. The barrier’s front end is shaped to simulate the front end of a typical pickup or SUV.

The frontal crashworthiness rating reflects performance in a 64 km/h frontal offset crash test into a deformable barrier. Based on performances in these tests, the Institute assigns ratings of good, acceptable, marginal, or poor. The better performing vehicles among those earning good ratings earn the added designation of “best pick.”

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