Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
) was the clear winner in the new vehicle safety ratings released
by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety. Out of the 22 cars
that received the "Top Safety Pick Plus" ranking six were the
Japanese automaker's Honda and Acura models. These include
Honda's Civic hybrid, the two-door and four-door Accord sedans,
Odyssey minivan and Acura's RLX and MDX.
Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd.
) Subaru, Japanese automaker Mazda and Swedish manufacturer Volvo
had three cars each in the list. Meanwhile, leading automakers
Ford Motor Co.
Toyota Motor Corporation
General Motors Company
) lagged. While two Ford and Toyota vehicles got the "Top Safety
Pick Plus" ranking, none of the General Motors' cars achieved it.
Infiniti Q50, Mitsubishi Outlander and Mercedes-Benz M-Class were
the remaining three vehicles that received the top ranking.
Meanwhile, only one General Motors car, Chevrolet Spark, found
a spot in the "Top Safety Pick" list, which was the second
highest ranking after "Top Safety Pick Plus". Also one vehicle
), namely Passat, made it to this secondary list.
The Insurance Institute's "Top Safety Pick" list comprised 17
vehicles. These vehicles failed to get the higher "Top Safety
Pick Plus" ranking as they did not have even an optional forward
collision warning system.
Meanwhile, there are 139 vehicle models that failed to receive
any safety endorsement from the institute. The low number of cars
that made the list this year was due to harder criteria. Last
year, 130 cars achieved the top safety ratings.
The safety ratings not only act as a marketing tool for
automakers, but also encourage them to enhance safety features in
their vehicles as many consumers consider the safety ranking
while making a purchase. This trend of improving safety features
in automobiles is helpful in reducing car crashes.
Some automobile stocks worth considering at present include
Tata Motors Limited
), Ford and Honda. All these stocks hold a Zacks Rank #2
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