Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey – The 2011 Mini Cooper Countryman has been named a Top Safety Pick by the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). It is the first Mini to be so named and the second model from the BMW Group to achieve the top results since the IIHS tightened the criteria to include a “good” rating for roof strength in rollover crashes.

The Countryman withstood a force equal to nearly five times the car’s weight in the rollover test. By comparison, the current U.S. federal standard is 1.5 times the car’s weight.

“Safety is a top priority for Mini, and we are very pleased that the Countryman performed so well in the Institute’s safety tests,” said Jim McDowell, vice-president of Mini USA. “These results reinforce the idea that small cars are a safe choice in addition to being a practical one, and with a Mini, owners get an important premium small-car feature, driving fun.”

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