The passenger compartment remained stable in the frontal impact. The A6 is fitted with Audi's adaptive frontal airbags and seat belts. Sensors in the front seat rails detect whether an occupant is positioned close to the steering wheel (a small driver, for example) or more rearwards. The restraint system is tuned accordingly, using special vents in the airbags and seat belt load limiters adapted to the appropriate occupant size. In the frontal test, the system worked well and both the driver and passenger's heads were well protected. Dummy readings indicated good protection of the dummies' knees and femurs. Audi showed that the car would provide a similar level of protection to occupants of different sizes and to those sat in different positions. In the side barrier impact, the dummy indicated good protection of all body regions. However, the driver's door was found to be unlatched after the test and the car was penalised for this. In the pole test, the car provided marginal protection of the driver's chest. The seat and head restraint provided good protection against whiplash injuries in the event of a rear-end collision.
2012 Audi A6 - ESC TEST
Electronic stability control is standard equipment on the A6 and met Euro
NCAP's test requirements. A seatbelt reminder is standard equipment for the
driver, front passenger and rear seats. A speed limitation device is not
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2014 Audi A6 | Pole Crash Test | CrashNet1
2014 Audi A6 / A6 Quattro
Overall Safety Rating: 5 Stars
Frontal Crash: 5 Stars (Driver: 5, Passenger: 5)
Side Crash: 5 Stars (Driver:5, Passenger:5)
Side Pole Crash: 5 Stars
Rollover: 5 Stars
Risk of Rollover: 9%
Driver - Head Injury Criteria (HIC): 144
Passenger - Head Injury Criteria (HIC): 141
NHTSA - New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) Side Pole Test:
A small-sized adult female crash test dummy is placed in the driver's seat
and is secured with a seat belt. The test vehicle, angled at 75 degrees, is
then pulled sideways at 20 mph (32km/h) into a 25-cm diameter pole at the
driver's seating location. This test mimics a side impact crash involving a
narrow, fixed object like a utility pole or tree.
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2012 Volkswagen (Passat) CC IIHS Narrow/Small Overlap Frontal Offset (Marginal Rating)
The Volkswagen CC was introduced in the 2009 model year. The car is a
variant of older (2006-10) models of the Volkswagen Passat sedan with a
lower roofline, frameless side windows, and a higher price.
Structure — Maximum intrusion in the driver's footwell area was 24 cm
measured at the lower hinge pillar. Maximum intrusion in the instrument
panel area was 17 cm.
Restraints/dummy kinematics — The dummy's head barely contacted the
frontal airbag before sliding off the left side, leaving the head
vulnerable to contact with forward side structure and resulting in little
airbag cushioning for the chest. This occurred, in part, because the
steering column moved 19 cm to the right as the dummy moved to the left.
Additionally, the seat belt allowed excessive forward excursion of the
dummy's head and torso. Neither the side curtain nor side torso airbags
deployed, leaving the dummy's head and chest vulnerable to contacts with
side structure and outside objects. The driver door hinges were torn off
and the latch opened, resulting in the door detaching from the vehicle,
which shouldn't happen because the driver could be partly or completely
ejected from the vehicle.
Injury measures — Measures from the dummy indicate that injuries to the
left thigh would be possible in a crash of this severity. The risk of
significant injuries to other body regions is low.