IIHS evaluates crashworthiness with five tests: moderate and small overlap frontal crash tests, side crash and roof strength tests and a head restraint and seat test that simulates a rear impact. In addition, headlight performance and frontal crash prevention by means of auto-braking and forward collision warning systems are evaluated.
Mazda models tested for 2017 by the IIHS were the Mazda CX-9, Mazda CX-3, Mazda3, Mazda6 and most recently, the all-new Mazda CX-5. In New Zealand, these models also feature Autonomous Emergency Braking and adaptive LED headlights on various grades.
David Hodge, Managing Director Mazda New Zealand believes the IIHS results highlight the emphasis Mazda places on designing and manufacturing vehicles that provide the best in class when it comes to protecting drivers and passengers.
“The advancement in safety technology in recent years has been quite incredible and Mazda is committed to further developing and enhancing technologies to minimise the risk and impact of accidents.“
According to IIHS, Mazda is the only automaker out of 16 OEMs to receive Top Safety Pick+ ratings for all 2017 models tested so far this year. The results were possible because all models performed well in the newly added headlight performance category, as well as existing crashworthiness evaluation categories.
The all-new generation models share a number of features that have proven popular with a wide range of customers. These include a natural driving position and pedal layout that makes driving easier and less tiring, forward visibility that makes it easier to spot hazards at intersections, and responsive and predicable handling in any driving situation.
In addition, the i-ACTIVSENSE range of advanced safety features takes a human-centered approach to helping the driver recognize hazards in many of the driving situations they encounter on a daily basis. These technologies include auto-braking to prevent or mitigate collisions and adaptive headlights that enhance visibility at night by automatically adjusting the area and range of illumination – technologies proven to offer good preventative safety performance in the latest round of testing by IIHS. The SKYACTIV-Body, part of the SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY range, is lightweight for fun driving yet provides excellent collision safety as IIHS test results show.