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Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety has awarded today four Audi models – Audi A3, the all-new Audi A4, the Audi A6 and the Audi Q7. The award recognizes vehicles that do the best job of protecting passengers in front, side and rear collisions. All of the winners also had to have electronic stability control, which IIHS credits with significantly lowering crash risks.

“Protecting the drivers of our vehicles, and their passengers, is at the top of Audi’s priority list and we’re delighted to clearly stand above other European luxury carmakers,” said Johan de Nysschen, executive vice president, Audi of America. “Safety is woven into the earliest consideration of how our different models should look and perform. We’re grateful the Insurance Institute has recognized this singular focus of ours.”

IIHS evaluates each vehicle for front crashworthiness following a 40 mph offset collision. Calculations are made on the level of intrusion the crash causes in the occupant compartment and the impact recorded by crash test dummies. Side impact evaluations involve crashing a barrier into the side of a vehicle at 31 mph. Rear crash protection involves measuring the geometry of head restraints. Vehicles with good or acceptable measurements are then struck in the rear at 20 mph.

For more information on the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the 2009 Top Safety Pick awards, please go to http://www.iihs.org/ .