updated 7/17/2005 7:23:27 PM ET 2005-07-17T23:23:27


Audi is both pleased with and proud of the double “Best Pick” results for the new Audi A6.  They validate the engineering expertise that we seek to build into every Audi in the field of occupant safety. This follows last month’s IIHS test of the new Audi A4, which also received a double “Best Pick.” Tests like those conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have become one way consumers can better understand the actual performance of safety systems when making their buying decisions. We actively sought these tests because we did not want to have to wait to prove the benefits of the extensive development work that has gone into the comprehensive combination of active and passive safety systems in every new Audi.


Infiniti takes its commitment to product safety and customer satisfaction very seriously. We build and design all of our vehicles to meet and outperform the stringent safety regulations established by the federal government and our own internal safety standards. Infiniti continues to evaluate ways to satisfy our customers, and the 2006 Infiniti M was designed and engineered to provide a high level of occupant safety in a wide range of real-world crashes.

Regarding the recent frontal offset and side impact crash tests conducted by the Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in which the 2006 Infiniti M performed competitively in its class, we are happy to see our commitment to safety corroborated. We will review, evaluate and, as necessary, take these results into consideration along with other data generated from outside sources. We believe, however, that it is difficult for any one test to accurately reflect real-world conditions, and recommend looking at actual collision data in the field as a barometer for a vehicle’s performance.

As the side impact test was optional for mid-sized luxury sedans, we requested IIHS to perform this test on the Infiniti M. IIHS independently bought this vehicle and our company subsequently reimbursed IIHS for their purchase.


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