Herndon, Virginia – Audi has announced that four of its 2009 models, the A3, A4, A6 and Q7, have been named “Top Safety Picks” by the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The award recognizes vehicles that achieve the institute’s highest rating of “Good” in front, side and rear collisions, and offer electronic stability control.

“Protecting the drivers of our vehicles, and their passengers, is at the top of Audi’s priority list and we’re delighted to clearly stand above other European luxury carmakers,” said Johan de Nysschen, executive vice-president of Audi of America. “Safety is woven into the earliest consideration of how our different models should look and perform. We’re grateful the Insurance Institute has recognized this singular focus of ours.”

All of the models were named for the second consecutive year, and the A6 and A4 received the award in 2007. The IIHS launched the Top Safety Pick awards in 2006.

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