Japan, December 10, 2015 - Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the manufacturer of Subaru automobiles, today announced that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS; a nonprofit organization supported by auto insurers in the US) has awarded the highest standard of safety, 2016 TOP SAFETY PICK+ (TSP+), along with the highest possible rating of "Good" for five crashworthiness tests as well as "Superior" for front crash prevention with the highest possible score of 6 points, to the 2016 Subaru Legacy, Outback, Forester, Impreza, Crosstrek* and WRX currently sold in the North American region, equipped with Subaru's "EyeSight" driver assist technology.
The EyeSight was the first system ever to use only stereo camera technology to detect the objects such as vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists. Since its Japanese debut in May 2008, features available on this system have been highly praised; they included pre-collision braking control and all-speed range adaptive cruise control tracking function. FHI keeps offering substantially enhanced preventive safety performance to more customers by expanding the EyeSight driver assist technology to Japan, Australia, North America and Europe.
IIHS has strengthened the requirements for both 2016 TSP and 2016 TSP+. To qualify for 2016 TSP, a vehicle must earn "Good" ratings in five crashworthiness tests – small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints – as well as a "Basic" rating for front crash prevention. To qualify for 2016 TSP+, a vehicle must earn "Good" ratings in the five crashworthiness tests and an "Advanced" or "Superior" rating for front crash prevention.
2016 Subaru Forester (US specs.)
* "Subaru XV" in markets outside North America.