$40,000 in Protection: Audi A6, Infiniti M35 Top Frontal Crash-Test Ratings

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave Audi's 2005 A6 and Infiniti's 2006 M35 sedans its highest ratings in frontal impact crash tests, while the Audi also nabbed the "good" rating for side impact protection. Audi's results are an improvement over the "acceptable" score it recieved for the last-generation A6 — the car had been demoted by the potential for leg injuries. The Infiniti performed well in the frontal test, but recieved a lower side-impact score, which the Instutute indicated was due to a potential for "torso injuries." (The 31mph battering ram was not injured during crash tests.) The Institute will test other sedans in the same class as the A6 and M35 in the coming months.

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