SOURCE: Audi of America

Audi of America

February 26, 2014 10:00 ET

2014 Audi A6 and S6 Earn 5-Star Government Crash Test Ratings

HERNDON, VA--(Marketwired - Feb 26, 2014) -

  • All A6 and S6 sport sedan models achieve the highest ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's New Car Assessment Program
  • The Audi A6 and S6 are only German luxury vehicles in segment to achieve the maximum 5-star frontal, side, rollover and overall crash safety ratings

The 2014 Audi A6 sedan and the 2014 Audi S6 sport sedan received the highest ratings possible in U.S. government testing achieving an impressive 5-star rating for crashworthiness and safety.

The coveted 5-star rating was achieved by both the A6 and S6 based on their outstanding performance in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). The 5-star rating was awarded for frontal, side and rollover tests resulting in the 5-star overall rating. The A6 and S6 are the only German mid-sized luxury sedans to be awarded 5 stars in all categories. The NHTSA 5-star Safety Ratings System was designed to provide consumers with information about crashworthiness, crash avoidance and other areas that help improve the safety of new vehicles beyond what is required by statute. 

"When Audi engineers set out to make the A6 and S6 models unsurpassed in their class they made safety one of their first priorities," said Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America. "The 5-star rating affirms that commitment to our customers and vehicle safety."

The A6 and S6 are two of Audi's most innovative and technologically advanced models on the road, offering advanced safety systems and other technologies.

Key standard safety systems include:

  • Impact protection, including reinforced high-strength steel and aluminum, reinforced bumpers and a rigid occupant cell as well as relying on extensive crash test modeling contribute to the 5-star rating
  • Hydraulic brake assist, standard equipment in every A6 and S6, that automatically senses emergency braking and applies maximum available power boost to reduce overall stopping distance
  • Front, side, head curtain and knee airbags, along with front passenger occupant detection are standard equipment in every A6 and S6
  • Crash sensors that automatically unlock doors, activate interior lighting and hazard warning lights, and switches off the fuel pump and engine
  • Front three-point safety belts w/ automatic pretensioning and force limiters

For more information on the NHTSA and the NCAP visit
For additional information and video footage of the Audi A6 and S6 please visit the following links:

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Audi of America, Inc. and its U.S. dealers offer a full line of German-engineered luxury vehicles. AUDI AG is among the most successful luxury automotive brands globally. The Audi Group delivered 1,575,500 vehicles to customers globally in 2013, and broke all-time company sales records for the 4th straight year in the U.S. Through 2018, AUDI AG will invest about $30 billion on new products, facilities and technologies. Visit or for more information regarding Audi vehicles and business topics.

NHTSA was established by the Highway Safety Act of 1970 to carry out safety programs previously administered by the National Highway Safety Bureau. Specifically, the agency directs the highway safety and consumer programs established by the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966, the Highway Safety Act of 1966, the 1972 Motor Vehicle Information and Cost Savings Act, and succeeding amendments to these laws. Dedicated to achieving the highest standards of excellence in motor vehicle and highway safety, NHTSA works daily to help prevent crashes and their attendant costs, both human and financial. The agency strives to exceed the expectations of its customers through its core values of Integrity, Service, and Leadership.