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2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Earns the 2010 IIHS Top Safety Pick Award

Mitsubishi Lancer: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) TOP SAFETY PICK for Fourth Consecutive Year

For the fourth year in a row, a model in Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., (MMNA) lineup is one of the select vehicles to be named by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) as a “Top Safety Pick.”

The popular and stylish 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer, when equipped with the optional electronic stability control (ESC), joins this elite group that meets the Insurance Institute’s very stringent criteria for vehicle crash testing.

In order for a vehicle to be named a “Top Safety Pick” by the Insurance Institute, a car must earn a “good” rating in the organization’s three critical areas of analysis:

  1. High-speed front impact crash testing
  2. High-speed side impact crash testing
  3. Evaluation of seat/head restraints for protection against net injuries in rear impact crash testing

The organization also requires that a winning vehicle must offer electronic stability control (ESC) as the Institute’s research indicates that it “significantly reduces crash risk, especially the risk of fatal single-vehicle crashes, by helping drivers maintain control of their vehicles during an emergency maneuvers.”

The Institute’s scoring system consists of ratings of “good,” “acceptable,” “marginal” or “poor.”

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2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart
2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart
2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart
2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart
2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart
2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart
2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart
2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart
2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart
2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart
2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart
2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart
2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart
2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart
2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart
2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart
2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart
2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart
2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart
2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart
2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart
2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart
2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart
2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart

For more information on the Mitsubishi Lancer, visit www.mitsubishicars.com, and for more information on the Lancer’s “Top Safety Pick” award by the insurance Institute of Highway safety (IIHS), visit www.iihs.org.

News from IIHS

After earning a good rating for rollover protection, the 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer earns the Institute’s Top Safety Pick award. The Lancer, a small car, is the first Mitsubishi to qualify for the top safety designation since the Institute implemented the new rollover test.

Top Safety Pick recognizes the vehicles that earn the highest rating for front, side, rollover, and rear crash protection, and that have electronic stability control, which is standard on the Lancer.

Based on research of real-world crashes, the Institute evaluates rollover protection using a roof strength test. In this test a metal plate is pushed against one corner of a vehicle’s roof at a constant speed. The maximum force sustained by the roof before 5 inches of crush is compared to the vehicle’s weight to find the strength-to-weight ratio. This is a good assessment of vehicle structural protection in rollover crashes. Good rated vehicles have roofs that can withstand a force equal to at least 4 times the vehicle’s weight. For comparison, the current federal standard is 1.5 times weight.

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