The Auto Channel
The Largest Independent Automotive Research Resource
Official Website of the New Car Buyer

BMW Earns "Top Safety Pick" Awards for 3 Series Sedan, X5, and X3 in IIHS Ranking of 2009 Models


PHOTO (select to view enlarged photo)

Woodcliff LAKE, NJ - November 25, 2008: BMW of North America today announced that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has awarded the 2009 BMW 3 Series Sedan, X5, and X3 models the top rating of "Good" in each of its series of crash tests, earning each vehicle the Institute's coveted Top Safety Pick Award.

Receiving the Top Safety Pick for the 2009 BMW 3 Series Sedan, X5, and X3 vehicles is one of numerous awards BMW has earned from the IIHS over the years. In fact, as a result of IIHS crash tests in 2000, the 2001 BMW X5 earned the unique distinction of not only being the best SUV, but also being the safest vehicle ever tested by IIHS up to that point.

"BMW continues to be committed to both our active and passive safety technologies, and we are pleased to receive the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Pick award for the 2009 BMW 3 Series Sedan, X5, and X3," said Jim O'Donnell, President of BMW of North America, LLC.

The Institute rates vehicles "Good," "Acceptable," "Marginal" or "Poor" based on performance in high-speed Frontal Offset and Side Impact crash tests as well as an evaluation of the vehicle's Rear Crash Protection/Head Restraints, which protect against neck injuries in rear impact crashes. In order for a vehicle to become a Top Safety Pick, it must earn "Good" ratings in all three Institute tests. Additionally, as of 2007, winning vehicles must also offer Electronic Stability Control (ESC) - a standard feature on all BMW vehicles, known as Dynamic Stability Control. The IIHS requires this feature based on Institute research indicating that ESC significantly reduces crash risk, especially the risk of fatal single vehicle crashes, by helping drivers maintain control of their vehicles during emergency maneuvers.

BMW Group In America
BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and the Rolls-Royce brand of Motor Cars; DesignworksUSA, an industrial design firm in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group's global manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all Z4 models, X5 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 Sports Activity Coupes. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 338 BMW passenger car centers, 335 BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 142 BMW motorcycle retailers, 83 MINI passenger car dealers, and 30 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group's sales headquarters for North, Central and South America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.