BMW Earns “2010 TOP SAFETY PICK” Award for 5 Series Sedan

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5 Series Receives Highest Rating of “Good” for Frontal Offset, Roof Strength, Side Impact and Rear Crash Protection in IIHS Tests Press Release: BMW of …

5 Series Receives Highest Rating of “Good” for Frontal Offset, Roof Strength, Side Impact and Rear Crash Protection in IIHS Tests

Press Release: BMW of North America today announced that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) declared the 2011 BMW 5 Series Sedan a 2010 Top Safety Pick. The new 5 Series earned the top rating of “Good” based on its performance in each of the Institute’s crash tests.

Receiving the 2010 Top Safety Pick for the 2011 BMW 5 Series Sedan is one of numerous awards BMW has earned from the IIHS over the years. In fact, as a result of tests conducted in 2008, the 2009 BMW 3 Series Sedan as well as the X3 and X5 Sports Activity Vehicles(r) earned the IIHS Top Safety Pick.

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“Safety has long been a priority for BMW, so earning a Top Safety Pick from IIHS means a great deal,” said Jim O’Donnell, President of BMW of North America, LLC. “The press has praised the car and our consumers have eagerly awaited its arrival in showrooms. This award demonstrates that we left no stone unturned in the development of the all-new 2011 5 Series Sedan.”

“The new 5 Series integrates the latest crash avoidance technology with outstanding crashworthiness in a beautiful package that inspires confidence and peace of mind,” added Tom Baloga, Vice-President of Engineer US for BMW. “Advanced materials, sophisticated design techniques, and state-of-the-art testing succeeded in delivering a fantastic new 5 Series that will become the benchmark for every premium model in this segment.”

The Institute rates vehicles “Good,” “Acceptable,” “Marginal” or “Poor” based on performance in high-speed Frontal Offset and Side Impact crash tests as well as an evaluation of the vehicle’s Rear Crash Protection/Head Restraints, which protect against neck injuries in rear impact crashes. A stringent new Roof Strength test was added in 2009. In order for a vehicle to become a Top Safety Pick, it must earn “Good” ratings in all four Institute tests. Additionally, as of 2007, winning vehicles must also offer electronic stability control – a standard feature on all BMW vehicles since model year 2000, known as Dynamic Stability Control. The IIHS requires this feature based on Institute research indicating that stability control significantly reduces crash risk, especially the risk of fatal single vehicle crashes, by helping drivers maintain control of their vehicles during emergency maneuvers.

[Source: BMW ]

17 responses to “BMW Earns “2010 TOP SAFETY PICK” Award for 5 Series Sedan”

  1. Shincai says:

    That’s brilliant!
    Good to hear!

  2. badger says:

    cool pics. cant wait to see the crash test videos XD

  3. Babken says:


    • kcsnyud says:

      I saw a 5er in England, and it made me sick and bored to death looking at it. I’m sure the jaguar xf has better safety.

      • pandamalone says:

        Lacking of knowledge is a big concern especially when you are trying to make a judgement: it exposed your ignorance. This is so true in your case. The IIHS crash test doesn’t merely give a general rating; it also gives the detailed crashworthiness figures, in terms of measurements on the occupant compartment intrusion (in centimeters). Among all the vehicles ever tested in this segment (Large luxury cars) IIHS has tested, NOT ANY SINGLE MODEL has better result than the 2011 5 series. The 2011 E class is pretty near or roughly on par, and the other models from other manufactures? Not even close. Just go check it and you won’t make such a demonstration next time.

        • Babken says:

          The E-Class doesn’t even come close to the new 5 Series in terms of safety. Just look at the Euro NCAP crash test results. Pity that the 5 Series is outshined by the E-Class in terms of performance and handling.

          • pandamalone says:

            Then i strongly suspect you have your very special own way to define “performance” and “handling”. lol

          • pandamalone says:

            besides in terms of body rigidity as reflected from the intrusion measurement data mentioned above, the new E class is definitely very close to or on par with the new 5 series.

          • BENZ says:

            The E-Class has nearly the same level of safety. But instead the E-Class beats to death the 5 series in all the other aspects starting from performance and ending with handling.

      • plaxico says:

        We’ll never know about Jaguar as they won’t submit their cars for Euro ncap testing – I assume the same is true in the states. Pretty shameful really.

  4. Chris says:

    kcsnyud…you must have been looking at something other than the new 5 series. Because if you looked at the new 5 series the words sick and bored would not come to mind. Rather love and praise would be the words that you could use! Thank you BMW to taking the fit and finish of this car to the next level!

    • kcsnyud says:

      I dunno… i thought it would have presence like none. I was wrong.
      The e60 looked so much more modern… and the interior was better.
      This new one… looks a step back. Time will tell.

    • Babken says:

      Who needs it when the performance and handling were vastly impaired. The new E-Class beats the 5 Series to death in terms of performance and handling. Shame, BMW.

  5. BMW’s are like a good red wine, it seems to be getting better with age.

    and It’s such a drivers machine, it’s like a precision instrument.

    Always the top the BEST Engine’s list,..BeST handeling,.. now BEST SAFETY!!!!!

    Goto say Cheers:)

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