18 February 2020
Mazda vehicles earned the most awards as Top Safety Pick winners in the annual list released by American-based Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a non-profit organisation financed by the insurance industry.
Top Safety Pick winners are recognised for offering the highest levels of crash protection under new stricter criteria that prioritises pedestrians in addition to vehicle occupants.
Five Mazda vehicles, the Mazda3 sedan and hatch, Mazda6, CX-3 and CX-5 received the Top Safety + awards and the CX-9 was cited as a Top Safety Pick. Twenty-three models qualified for a Top Safety Pick + award, the institute’s highest designation that recognises models that offer an advanced level of safety; 41 earned the basic Top Safety Pick award.
Mazda New Zealand Managing Director, David Hodge says five Mazda vehicles receiving the top award highlights the importance the company places on safety.
“It was particularly pleasing to see pedestrian protection included as part of the criteria as that is an area the company has placed a lot of emphasis on in recent times.”
Rewarding technology that protects people outside the vehicle was new territory for the Top Safety Pick awards and organisers believe vehicle manufacturers have an important role to play in protecting vulnerable road users.
The Top Pick Awards follow the announcement in January that the soon to be launched all new Mazda CX-30 was awarded a full five-star ANCAP rating, including the highest adult occupant protection score ANCAP has seen thus far, with a near-perfect 99 per cent. The five-star ANCAP safety rating will apply to all CX-30 variants sold in New Zealand.