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Volkswagen Arteon named a 2020 TOP SAFETY PICK by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

Sep 14, 2020

  • Arteon earns all “good” ratings for crashworthiness and a superior rating for vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention
  • Arteon joins Tiguan as second 2020 model to be named a TOP SAFETY PICK

Herndon, VA — Volkswagen of America, Inc. announced today that the 2020 Arteon was named a 2020 IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) when equipped with LED headlights and the Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) w/ dynamic cornering headlights.

To qualify for a 2020 TOP SAFETY PICK or TOP SAFETY PICK+ award, vehicles must have good ratings in each of the Institute’s six crashworthiness evaluations. They must also have good or acceptable headlights and available front crash prevention that earns advanced or superior ratings in both vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian evaluations. The 2020 Arteon earns good ratings in the six crashworthiness evaluations as well as a superior rating for vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention with the standard Front Assist system.

Standard on the 2020 Arteon, Volkswagen’s Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Monitoring (Front Assist) is intended to help warn drivers of potential frontal collisions (Forward Collision Warning) with vehicles and pedestrians in front of the vehicle, and in some cases provide automatic braking assistance (Autonomous Emergency Braking). Within physical system limits, Forward Collision Warning warns the driver of potential critical front-end collision situations, both acoustically and visually by a warning symbol in the instrument cluster if the car is traveling above 18 mph. Furthermore, an automatic jolt of the brakes can warn the driver of the danger. If the driver fails to brake, Autonomous Emergency Braking is activated to help slow the vehicle. If the brake pedal is applied but the driver brakes too lightly, the brake pressure is increased by the system (Braking Support).

In addition to Front Assist, other driver assistance features offered on the 2020 Arteon include: standard Blind Spot Monitor (Side Assist) and Rear Traffic Alert, and available Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Keeping System (Lane Assist), Park Steering Assistant (Park Assist), High Beam Control (Light Assist), and Overhead View Camera (Area View).

The Arteon provides a combination of passive and active safety systems, including eight standard airbags (front, side, and knee airbags for front passengers and side curtain airbags for outboard seating positions), and standard electronic safety systems, such as an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), and Volkswagen’s Automatic Post-Collision Braking System.

The 2020 Arteon is available in four trims: SE, SEL, SEL R-Line, and SEL Premium R-Line, and pricing starts at $35,995 for front-wheel-drive models and $37,895 for all-wheel-drive models.

IIHS launched its front crash prevention rating program in 2013 to help consumers sort through the maze of available technologies and zero in on the systems it determines to be most effective. For more information on IIHS, visit All IIHS ratings are available at


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Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America and a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, with headquarters in Herndon, Virginia. Volkswagen’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. Volkswagen sells the Arteon, Atlas, Atlas Cross Sport, Golf, Golf GTI, Jetta, Jetta GLI, Passat, and Tiguan vehicles through more than 600 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen online at or to learn more.


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LED headlights and Adaptive Front lighting System (AFS) w/ dynamic cornering headlights standard on SEL, SEL R-Line, and SEL Premium R-Line models. Not available on other 2020 Arteon trims. 2020 IIHS “Top Safety Pick” is based on “good” ratings in the moderate overlap front, driver-side small overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraint tests plus no less than an “acceptable” rating in the passenger-side small overlap front, no less than an “acceptable” rating for headlights, and no less than an “advanced” rating for front-crash prevention. For details visit

This information and any vehicle specifications are preliminary and subject to change.

All prices provided are the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price and exclude destination, taxes, title, other options and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price.

Always pay careful attention to the road, and do not drive while distracted.

Airbags are supplemental restraints only and will not deploy under all crash circumstances. Always use safety belts and seat children only in the rear, using restraint systems appropriate for their size and age.

The Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS) will only activate in a collision where the airbags deploy or safety belt pretensioners activate. Not all collisions cause airbags to deploy or safety belt pretensioners to activate.

Driver-assistance features are not substitutes for attentive driving. See Owner’s Manual for further details, and important limitations.


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