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2016 FIAT® 500X Named Top Safety Pick+ by IIHS

Big in size, big on safety and security – it’s the 2016 FIAT® 500X, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has named it a Top Safety Pick+, the highest rating possible.

IIHS testing simulates a number of potential rear world crashes, including a side impact with a large SUV or pickup truck, a moderate-offset frontal impact, a small-offset frontal impact, like crashing into a pole or tree, roof-crush consistent with a rollover and a rear collision capable of inducing whiplash. In each test, the all-new FIAT 500X recorded the highest possible score of “good.”

“With the all-new 500X, we help make it possible not only for customers to arrive safely at their destinations, but to do so with style,” says Timothy Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Car Brands – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America.

A terrific work vehicle for a variety of professionals, including real estate agents, the FIAT 500X blends Italian design flair with engaging driving dynamics in a larger package than its FIAT brand counterparts, adding more space, utility and driver-centric amenities without sacrificing any of the iconic FIAT feel. More significantly, the chic crossover makes extensive use of high-strength steel, which is engineered to manage crash energy and to help minimize cabin intrusion in event of a crash.

Elevating the 500X to Top Safety Pick+ status is a unique sensor-fusion strategy that is the hallmark of the available Forward Collision Warning-Plus, which combines camera and radar technologies. When camera and radar agree that a frontal collision is imminent, the system activates. If the driver does not respond to audible and visual warnings, brake application occurs autonomously to slow the vehicle before impact.

This kind of forward thinking is what professionals and small-business owners can expect across the FCA US lineup, from the FIAT 500X to the Ram 1500 and everything between. For a firsthand look at the latest technology available in ever-more futuristic cars and trucks, visit your nearest BusinessLink dealer and enroll in BusinessLink today!

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