|November 2, 2005
Audi A3 Earns "Double Best Pick" from Insurance Insistute for Highway Safety
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Audi is the first manufacturer ever to earn three “Double Best Pick” ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for their front and side crash test results on the A3, A4, and A6. Audi raised the bar again with the addition of the A3 to the list of “Double Best Pick.” The Audi A3 earned the rating after its performance in the recently conducted IIHS side impact crash test and the frontal offset crash test.
This past July, Audi became the first manufacturer ever to have two vehicles with a “Double Best Pick” rating after crash tests were conducted on the Audi A6. With the addition of the A3 premium compact to this prestigious list, Audi’s meticulous commitment to safety becomes even more recognized.
“With three vehicles now performing as “Double Best Pick” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Audi has clearly established itself as an authority in safety technology.” said Johan de Nysschen, Executive Vice President, Audi of America, Inc. “We already knew that the Audi A3 was a class-leader in performance and driving dynamics, and now it has solidly claimed its spot as the class-leader in safety as well.”
The new Audi A3 represented in these tests went on sale in the U.S. in May. The 200 hp A3 2.0 T is available with a standard 6-speed manual transmission, or an optional automatic 6-speed Direct-Shift Gearbox. The A3 3.2 quattroŇ S-line will be available mid-November and features a 250 hp narrow-angle 3.2L V6 engine, standard 6-speed Direct-Shift Gearbox transmission, and Audi’s legendary quattro all-wheel drive.
A network of over 260 Audi dealers currently offers a line of premium vehicles that include the category defying Audi A3, the sporty A4 sedan, Avant and Cabriolet models; the high performance S4 sedan, Avant and Cabriolet models; the design-leading A6 sedan and elegant A6 Avant; the premium flagship all-aluminum Audi A8, A8 L and A8 L W12; and the award-winning TT Coupe and Roadster.
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