Jun 12, 2018

Volkswagen’s seven-passenger Atlas one of two midsize SUVs to earn top rating in Insurance Institute for Highway Safety passenger side small overlap test


Herndon, VA (June 12, 2018) — Volkswagen of America, Inc. announced today that the seven-passenger 2018 Volkswagen Atlas has earned a “Good” rating in the passenger side small overlap test by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Atlas was one of just three midsize SUVs to earn an overall “Good” rating of the eight vehicles tested, and one of two vehicles to earn the “Good” rating in each of the six categories examined in the test.

 A small overlap crash occurs when just the front corner of the vehicle strikes another vehicle or an object such as a tree or utility pole. IIHS began rating vehicles in driver-side small overlap crashes in 2012. The organization began rating vehicles in the passenger-side test last year.

“Volkswagen’s commitment to safety is unwavering,” said Derrick Hatami, Executive Vice President of Sales, Marketing and After Sales for Volkswagen of America, Inc. “There’s nothing more important than keeping your family safe. The Atlas—engineered specifically for American families—helps do that with excellent structural integrity and numerous safety and available driver assistance features.”

Like the rest of the Volkswagen lineup, Atlas provides an assortment of both passive and active safety systems. It features six airbags (driver, passenger, driver and passenger side, and full-length curtain) as standard along with a number of electronic safety systems.

Atlas offers the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which is standard on all models. This system builds on the premise that a collision is rarely a single, instantaneous action, but rather a series of events that follow the initial impact—the most significant of which can cause additional collisions. The Automatic Post-Collision Braking System addresses this by applying the brakes when the airbag system detects a primary collision of sufficient force to initiate airbag deployment, thus helping reduce residual kinetic energy and, in turn, the chance of additional damage. 

In addition to these safety features, the vehicle has the latest version of Volkswagen’s 4Motion® all-wheel-drive system as an available feature to help optimize traction and provide greater stability.

Driver assistance systems available on the Atlas include: Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Monitoring (Front Assist), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning (Lane Assist), front and rear Park Distance Control with Maneuver Braking (ParkPilot), Parking Steering Assistant (Park Assist), High Beam Control (Light Assist) and Overhead View Camera (Area View).

For more information on IIHS, visit www.iihs.org. All IIHS ratings are available at http://www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings.


About Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA’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. VWoA sells the Atlas, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, e-Golf, Golf, Golf Alltrack, Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen, Jetta, Passat, Tiguan, and Tiguan Limited vehicles through more than 650 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at www.vw.com or media.vw.com to learn more.

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Features and technical data apply to models offered in the USA. They may differ in other countries.

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.


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