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2014 Chevrolet Volt Receives 2014 Top Safety Pick+ Award

The 2014 Chevrolet Volt has received a 2014 Top Safety Pick+ award by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It is the only vehicle among 12 small cars tested to have earned the recognition, making it one of the safest small cars—whether gas-powered or electric—on the road.

To earn a Top Safety Pick+ award, the 2014 Volt scored the highest possible rating of “Good” in multiple IIHS crash tests, including moderate front overlap, side, roof strength, head restraints, and seats.

2014 Chevrolet Volt
The IIHS recently named the 2014 Chevrolet Volt a Top Safety Pick+.

It also scored the 2nd highest possible rating of “Acceptable” in the small overlap front test, the most difficult of any head-on tests performed by either the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the IIHS.

“The Volt’s crashworthiness performance puts it in the top tier for small car safety,” said Joe Nolan, IIHS senior vice president for vehicle research. “GM should be commended for the Volt’s performance in the small overlap front test because this car was designed before that challenging test was introduced.”

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IIHS Names 2014 Chevrolet Spark Top Safety Pick

The 2014 Chevrolet Spark remains a pioneer for the minicar segment, becoming the first of its class to be named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) after only being eligible for the award for one year.

In order to be considered a Top Safety Pick, the 2014 Spark needed to achieve the highest possible “good” score on the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints tests, while also scoring an “acceptable” score on the new small overlap test.

2014 Chevrolet Spark
The 2014 Chevrolet Spark was named a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS.

“Spark’s impressive performance in IIHS’s most stringent test yet demonstrates the intensive efforts of our global safety team to deliver big safety in a small package,” said Gay Kent, General Motors general director of Vehicle Safety and Crashworthiness. “Spark’s safety structure makes extensive use of high strength and ultra-high-strength steels and its robust passenger protection package includes 10 standard airbags.”

With a short wheelbase of only 93.5 inches, the Spark design team resorted to using a stronger front-end structure than ever before, allowing it to better absorb the impact when a crash occurs. Over 62% of the car’s under body is lightweight, high-strength steels, while 42% of its upper body is made of the material.

Along with this high-strength body, the 2014 Chevrolet Spark has a rollover sensing system, driver and passenger front knee airbags, and a multitude of other safety technologies, making it no surprise that the Spark was the first minicar to receive the IIHS Top Safety Pick rating.