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Twelve American Honda Models Earn IIHS' TOP SAFETY PICK

TORRANCE, California, December 15, 2011 –- Nine U.S.-spec Honda models, including the all-new 2012 CR-V, and three U.S.-spec Acura models received the highest possible safety rating of TOP SAFETY PICK from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) under its more-stringent testing guidelines implemented this past year.

The IIHS award recognizes vehicles that do the best job of protecting vehicle occupants involved in front, side and rear crashes, plus rollover performance based on ratings in the Institute's tests.

Announced by IIHS today, the Honda Fit, CR-Z, Insight, Accord, CR-V, Pilot and Ridgeline, along with the Acura TL, TSX and MDX, all earned the highest-possible score of GOOD in all four ratings, including the more rigorous roof-strength test. Earlier this year, the all-new Civic and redesigned Odyssey earned the TOP SAFETY PICK, giving U.S.-spec Honda and Acura models a total of twelve 2012 TOP SAFETY PICK winners.

"We're proud to have achieved IIHS TOP SAFETY TOP rating for nine 2012 Honda models and three 2012 Acura models, making American Honda among the best in the industry with twelve vehicles with top-class IIHS safety ratings under their new, more stringent ratings protocols," said John Mendel, executive vice president of sales, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "In fact, 91 percent of American Honda vehicles sold in the U.S. are TOP SAFETY PICKS. This accomplishment is part of a concerted effort we have made to reassert the Honda brand as a clear leader in this area."

Standard safety equipment on all Honda and Acura models include Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with traction control; an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS); side curtain airbags (some vehicles equipped with a rollover sensor as well); dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags; a driver's front side airbag; and a front passenger's side airbag with an occupant position detection system. All 2012 Honda and Acura models recognized by the IIHS, with the exception of the Ridgeline, utilize the Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure. ACE is an exclusive body design that enhances occupant protection and crash compatibility in frontal crashes. The ACE design utilizes a network of connected structural elements to distribute crash energy more evenly throughout the front of the vehicle. This enhanced frontal crash energy management helps to reduce the forces transferred to the passenger compartment.

2012 U.S.-spec Honda and Acura TOP SAFETY PICKS:

HONDA
Fit
Insight
CR-Z
Civic
Accord
CR-V
Pilot
Odyssey
Ridgeline

ACURA
Acura TSX
Acura TL
Acura MDX