NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Infiniti Q70 sedan has earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) highest rating of "good" for its performance in the institute's small overlap front crash test, and when equipped with its optional front crash prevention system the Q70 has been awarded a TOP SAFETY PICK+.
The Infiniti Q70's "good" rating applies to the 2014-15 Q70 as well as the 2013 Infiniti M. The vehicles also received good ratings in the IIHS' four other crashworthiness evaluations qualifying the Q70 for the 2014 IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ award.
"Infiniti is very pleased that the Q70 performed well in the small overlap protection test earning it the prestigious 2014 IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ award," said Infiniti Americas Vice President, Michael Bartsch. "Infiniti has worked hard to incorporate technology into all of its vehicles that not only make the driving experience more dynamic, but also help make driving safer for both the driver and passengers. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's recognition of these efforts only serves to bolster our commitment to be leaders in this field."
IIHS introduced the small overlap evaluation in 2012. In the test, which is more challenging than either the head-on crashes conducted by the government or the Institute's moderate overlap test, 25 percent of a vehicle's front end on the driver side strikes a rigid barrier at 40 mph. The crash replicates what happens when the front corner of a vehicle collides with another vehicle or an object such as a tree or a utility pole.
Infiniti Q70 Advanced Safety and Security Systems
There are also a host of newly available safety technologies for the 2015 Infiniti Q70. Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW) warns the driver of risks beyond the driver's field of view; Around View® Monitor, which shows a virtual bird's-eye view of the vehicle in relation to parking lines (the system also includes Moving Object Detection which alerts the driver to moving objects around the vehicle); Backup Collision Intervention®, which helps detect crossing traffic as well as large, stationary objects behind the vehicle and can apply the brakes momentarily to help avoid a collision; and Forward Emergency Braking, which detects danger of collision with a vehicle ahead and warns the driver with visual and audible warnings. Also available is Forward Emergency Braking which warns the driver that deceleration is required via warning tone and visual indicator. If no additional braking action is taken, the system will issue a second audible and visual warning while applying harder braking to reduce the vehicle speed or bring the vehicle to a standstill.
The Infiniti Q70 is available with a number of innovative technologies, including Infiniti's Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Departure Prevention (LDP) systems. Also offered are Blind Spot Warning (BSW) and Blind Spot Intervention® (BSI) systems, which are available as part of the Technology Package.
Infiniti Motor Company Ltd. is headquartered in Hong Kong with sales operations in over 50 countries. The Infiniti brand was launched in 1989. Its range of premium automobiles is currently built in manufacturing facilities in Japan and the United States. Production in China and the UK will start soon along with the expansion of the brand's portfolio. Infiniti plans to also expand manufacturing into Mexico by 2017.
As the Title Partner and Vehicle Performance Partner of Infiniti Red Bull Racing, Infiniti has a far-reaching technical collaboration with the Formula One team, and Sebastian Vettel, its four-time World Champion driver, serves as Infiniti's Director of Performance.
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