All-New Mazda CX-5 earns Top Safety Pick for 2012 by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

The all-new Mazda CX-5 for the US market has been named a Top Safety Pick for 2012, the highest possible safety rating, by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in their crashworthiness tests. The IIHS evaluation methods include: frontal offset test for a vehicle driving at 40 mph (approximately 64km/h), side impact test for a vehicle driving at 31mph (50km/h), rear crash protection for a vehicle driving at 20mph (32km/h) and roof strength test to determine a vehicles’ protection performance as: Good, Acceptable, Marginal or Poor based on deformation of the vehicle and the performance of the safety equipment. A vehicle qualifies a Top Safety Pick if the vehicle earns a Good rating in all four tests.

Beginning with the 2013 CX-5, Mazda incorporated its new lightweight high-rigidity SKYACTIV-BODY which is based upon an entirely new structure, new materials and new processes. The CX-5 is the first vehicle to use 1,800MPa high-tensile steel, the highest grade used in a mass production vehicle, for front and rear bumper beams. The CX-5’s SKYACTIV-BODY is comprised of 61 percent high-tensile steel, creating a lighter, stronger body. Since CX-5 sales started in February 2012 in the US, it has been highly praised for its excellent driving performance, fuel economy, distinctive design among SUVs as well as its comfortable cabin.

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