Subaru Legacy

Top Safety Pick

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Subaru’s new gen­er­a­tion Legacy (Liberty in Aus­tralia) and Out­back have re­ceived the high­est pos­si­ble safety rank­ing in test­ing con­ducted by the In­sur­ance In­sti­tute for High­way Safety (IIHS) in North Amer­ica.

Both cars have been awarded ‘Top Safety Pick+’ sta­tus — along with the elite ‘Su­pe­rior’ rat­ing for front crash pre­ven­tion for ver­sions equipped with Subaru’s Eye­Sight driver as­sist sys­tem.

Eye­Sight vari­ants earned the max­i­mum six out of six points for front crash pre­ven­tion.

The re­sults mean Subaru now has seven mod­els that have earned 2014 safety awards from IIHS — four with Top Safety Pick and three with Top Safety Pick+.

Eye­Sight was the first driver as­sist sys­tem to use stereo cam­era tech­nol­ogy to de­tect ob­jects such as ve­hi­cles, pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists.

Since its Ja­panese de­but in May 2008, Eye­Sight fea­tures have won wide ac­claim. They in­clude pre­c­ol­li­sion brak­ing con­trol and all­speed range adaptive cruise con­trol track­ing.

The new gen­er­a­tion n Eye­Sight fea­tured on the lat­est US spec­i­fi­ca­tion Legacy and Out­back in­cludes fully re­vamped stereo cam­eras that in­crease view­ing an­gle and range by about 40 per cent, fur­ther im­prov­ing pre­ven­ta­tive safety.

To win a Top Safety Pick, a ve­hi­cle must have Good rat­ings in all four tests: high-speed front crash; high­speed side crash; roll-over; and eval­u­a­tion of seat/head re­straints for pro­tec­tion against neck in­juries in rear im­pacts.

In ad­di­tion, Good or Ac­cept­able per­for­mance in a small over­lap front crash test is required.

2015 Legacy and Out­back earned the high­est Good rat­ing in th­ese five IIHS eval­u­a­tions for oc­cu­pant pro­tec­tion.

To achieve Top Safety Pick+, cars also have to achieve Ba­sic, Ad­vanced or Su­pe­rior rat­ings for front crash pre­ven­tion.

New gen­er­a­tion Liberty and Out­back are due for launch in Aus­tralia by early 2015.

For a full run­down on Subaru ve­hi­cles call into Ken Mus­ton Au­to­mo­tive, Be­nalla road Shep­par­ton. Or give Brad B or James a call on 5821 6688.

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