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Ford Motor Co. tops safe car list

Tuesday November 25, 12:09 am ET

By Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer

Ford Motor Co. leads list of insurance industry's safest vehicles

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Dozens of new cars and trucks, led by Ford Motor Co. and its Volvo subsidiary, made the insurance industry's annual list of the safest vehicles, helped by the growing adoption of anti-rollover technology.

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For the 2009 model year, Ford and Volvo have 16 vehicles on the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's list of the safest cars, followed by Honda Motor Co. with 13 vehicles, the institute said Tuesday.

Seventy-two cars, trucks and SUVs received the top safety pick designation for the 2009 model year, more than double the number of vehicles in 2008 and three times the number in 2007.

"No matter what kind of vehicle buyers may be considering, now they can walk into just about any dealership and find one that affords the best overall protection in serious crashes," said institute president Adrian Lund.

The selected vehicles are tops in protecting people in front, side and rear crash tests based on institute evaluations during the year. The vehicles are required to have electronic stability control, or ESC, to qualify for the award.

IIHS said electronic stability control is now standard equipment on virtually all new SUVs and three-quarters of passenger cars for the 2009 model year. ESC is standard on more than one-third of 2009 pickups.

Ford's top performers include the Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan midsize cars with optional ESC, the Ford F-150 pickup, Ford Edge and Ford Flex midsize sport utility vehicles and the Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner small SUV. It also includes the Mazda Tribute, which has the same underpinnings as the Escape and Mariner.

The awards bolster the case made by Ford CEO Alan Mulally in Washington last week when he testified along with Big Three executives seeking massive government aid. Mulally argued that Ford had made significant strides.

"Every year, we're going to improve the quality, we're going to improve the fuel efficiency, we're going to improve the safety, and we're going to keep improving the productivity so we can offer the consumer the very best value," Mulally told a House committee.

Honda and its Acura unit had vehicles in nearly every category, including top-sellers such as the Honda Accord, the Honda Civic 4-door with optional ESC, and the Acura MDX and RDX midsize SUVs, and the Honda Fit with optional ESC. The Fit is the first mini car to earn the safety award.

Volkswagen AG and its Audi brand had nine vehicles on the list, including the Volkswagen Jetta and Passat and the Audi A3, A4 and A6.

General Motors Corp. and Toyota Motor Corp. both had eight vehicles on the list. GM's included the Cadillac CTS and the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia and Saturn Outlook large SUVs.

Toyota's top performers were the Toyota Corolla with optional ESC, Toyota RAV4, Toyota Tacoma, Toyota Tundra and Scion xB.

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Ford builds the safest cars?

That depends on how you interpret the results. If you look at percentage of fleet that makes the list, Honda would be in front. 13 of Honda's 14 models are on the list (see here for complete vehicle list), and the only model that isn't on the list is the S2000, which makes up an incredibly small percentage of sales and is 9 years old.

What's awesom....errr interesting is that no Lexus made the list, and Toyota had a pretty poor showing overall.

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That depends on how you interpret the results. If you look at percentage of fleet that makes the list, Honda would be in front. 13 of Honda's 14 models are on the list (see here for complete vehicle list), and the only model that isn't on the list is the S2000, which makes up an incredibly small percentage of sales and is 9 years old.

What's awesom....errr interesting is that no Lexus made the list, and Toyota had a pretty poor showing overall.

honda does well in safety too, especially considering they do not have expensive cars. it is safe to say that both honda and ford score well in safety. thing is, you will see the benefit in your insurance bill with the ford, and not with the honda.

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