2011 Chevrolet Cruze Receives IIHS Top Safety Pick

Chevrolet Cruze once again makes the headlines, this time after the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash-tested the vehicle and awarded it with a "Good" rating in front, side, rear and rollover tests. Of course, General Motors hasn't missed the occasion to praise the vehicle a little bit, emphasizing that the Cruze is one of the safest cars in its class.

“The IIHS Top Safety Pick Award builds on the already strong global safety reputation of the Cruze,” said Chris Perry, vice president of Chevrolet Marketing. “Cruze delivers the level of comfort, quality and safety that customers expect in larger, more upscale vehicles with the fuel economy of a compact.”

The Cruze is offered with multiple standard safety features, including StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control with Traction Control, anti-lock brakes, Panic Brake Assist and Enhanced Smart Pedal/Brake Override, plus 10 standard airbags (dual-stage frontal airbags, seat-mounted side-impact airbags and head curtain side airbags in the front and outboard rear seating positions and front knee airbags).

“The new Cruze was clearly engineered from the ground up to meet the highest standards in safety performance,” said IIHS President Adrian Lund. “The Top Safety Pick award means that buyers of the Cruze will know they’re getting state-of-the-art protection in the most common kinds of crashes.”

In separate news, the Cruze continues to be a strong seller for the US-based manufacturer, with General Motors even planning to boost engine production in the upcoming months. General Motors hopes to roll off the assembly lines up to 400 engines per day in the beginning of 2011 at the Flint site, with numbers to grow the next year to 800 units per day. In late 2012, the Flint plant is expected to produce a total of 1,200 engines per day for both the Volt and the Cruze.
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