Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Maserati Ghibli Awarded Top Safety Pick Distinction by IIHS [w/Video]

One area in which the Maserati Ghibli simply had to at least match its mainstream rivals was safety. It’s an all-new car, so it benefits from the very latest in crash protection know-how as well as both active and passive systems to take all manner of impact avoidance measures – it even comes with all-wheel drive. All told, we were not surprised it was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The testing procedure it was put through in order to achieve the title “simulates a side impact with a large SUV or pickup truck, front moderate overlap impact, roof-crush consistent with a rollover, and a rear collision capable of inducing whiplash.” It achieved the maximum “good” rating for each one and made use of all its seven standard airbags and splashes of high-strength lightweight materials like aluminum and hot-formed steel.

Video evidence for two of those staged crashes, the moderate overlap and side impact tests can be found after the virtual jump, below.

By Andrei Nedelea


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