Volkswagen Receives Seventh 2011 TOP SAFETY PICK Award From Insurance Institute For Highway Safety

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HERNDON, Va., June 16, 2011 — The stylish CC 2.0L TSI® has earned the coveted Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) TOP SAFETY PICK rating for 2011, the highest possible from the non-profit safety research organization. The annual rating recognizes those vehicles that perform best in protecting passengers in the Institute's front, side, and rear crash test evaluations, and the newly required roof-strength test evaluations. The Institute only awards TOP SAFETY PICK ratings to vehicles that are fitted with electronic stability control and head protection airbags.

Volkswagen now has no fewer than seven 2011 IIHS TOP SAFETY PICKS. The other 2011 Volkswagen models to receive the rating are: Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Tiguan, Touareg, and 4-door Golf and GTI models.

“The performance of the CC is another example of Volkswagen’s enduring commitment to engineer vehicles that earn the highest IIHS ratings,” said Institute president Adrian Lund. “Volkswagen now has seven models on the list of vehicles that afford buyers state-of-the-art crash protection.”

“Volkswagen is passionate about safety,” said Tim Mahoney, Chief Product and Marketing Officer, Volkswagen of America, Inc. “To have IIHS recognize a total of seven Volkswagen models with this significant award is a great statement for the brand. It’s a testament to our commitment to make safety such a high priority in vehicle development, using advanced techniques such as laser seam welding and the extensive use of high-strength steel to build exceptionally strong structures.”

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