Herndon, Virginia – The redesigned 2009 Audi A4 has earned the top five-star rating in U.S. government crash tests for frontal and rollover safety from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Audi said that U.S. law requires all passenger cars to pass a frontal crash test at 30 mph (48 km/h) and side test at 33.5 mph (54 km/h), but that the NHTSA tests are conducted at 5 mph (8 km/h) higher than the required test speeds, providing additional consumer safety information.

“Unparalleled safety is a cornerstone of Audi’s new vehicle development and we are thrilled to see the A4 earn top marks in one of the toughest crash testing programs in the world,” said Johan de Nysschen, Audi of America executive vice-president. “Add this to other elements, including segment-leading fuel economy, engine performance, luxury features and size, which all prove the 2009 A4 is at the head of its class.”