2001 SUVs, Pickup Trucks Don't Fare Well in Low-Speed Crash Tests... Check Them Out on progressive.com

Progressive.com Features the Latest Low-Speed Bumper Crash Test Videos

from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety



Apr 10, 2001, 01:00 ET from Progressive

    MAYFIELD VILLAGE, Ohio, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumers worldwide now
 have access to full-motion video results of the Insurance Institute for
 Highway Safety's (IIHS) low-speed bumper crash tests for seven popular 2001
 model sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks at progressive.com.  The latest
 tests (results released yesterday) were conducted on the Chevy Silverado, Ford
 F-150, Toyota Tundra, Dodge Ram, Ford Escape, Hyundai Santa Fe and the Toyota
 RAV4 and show that all but the Ford Escape allowed for excessive damage.  This
 current footage isn't available on any other Web site.
     The Institute's crashworthiness evaluations of "good," "acceptable,"
 "marginal" or "poor" are based primarily on results from five-mph crash tests
 conducted to assess how well bumpers resist costly damage in the kinds of
 impacts that frequently occur in commuter traffic and parking lots.  Of the
 four pickup trucks, "performances ranged from poor to awful," said Adrian
 Lund, IIHS chief operating officer.  None of the vehicles sustained less than
 $4,000 total damage in the four tests, and the Dodge Ram sustained more than
 $8,000 damage.  Of the three sport utility vehicles, only the Ford Escape
 turned in an acceptable performance.
     Progressive.com is the Web site of Progressive (NYSE:   PGR), one of the
 country's largest auto insurance companies.  Since November of last year,
 progressive.com has been the exclusive Web site host of IIHS dramatic video
 and analysis; past results are archived at the site.
     "Progressive believes that choice is a powerful tool.  When consumers have
 choices, they can make more informed decisions," said Toby Alfred, site
 manager for progressive.com.  "Hosting the IIHS crash test videos on
 progressive.com helps a consumer choose the right vehicle -- the vehicle that
 will keep him or her safe in an accident, and cost the least to be repaired.
 Progressive.com is the only site where consumers can view vehicle crash test
 results and then check out the insurance rates for the vehicle from
 Progressive and up to three other leading companies."
     "Manufacturers tell potential buyers they can drive these pickups and SUVs
 anywhere adventure leads them.  But consumers can expect big repair bills if
 they're unlucky enough to bump their so-called rugged vehicles into something
 at slow speeds," Lund concluded.
     Progressive.com leads the insurance industry in consumer-friendly
 innovations.  It was the first auto insurance Web site (1995), the first to
 offer online quoting and comparison rates (1996), first to offer instantaneous
 online purchase of an auto policy (1997), first to offer after-the-sale
 service (1998) and the first insurance company to offer wireless access to its
 Web site for Web-enabled cell phone and personal digital assistant (PDA) users
 (2000).
     In addition to the results of the most recent IIHS crash tests, consumers
 who visit progressive.com can find an agent in their neighborhood, get a
 Progressive quote and the rates from up to three other leading auto insurance
 companies, get a quote on motorcycle, boat and RV insurance and purchase an
 auto, motorcycle and boat policy instantaneously online.  Also at
 progressive.com:  a repair facility-locator service; shopping tools that help
 consumers calculate auto-related costs; a vehicle recall search link; an
 insurance 101 section that defines terms and "Info to Go," where consumers can
 find the latest information and tips on driving-related issues.
     Progressive.com was named the top insurance carrier Web site by Gomez(TM),
 a leading e-commerce authority, for Winter 2000. This is the third consecutive
 quarter progressive.com has won.  Gomez also named
 personal.progressive.com(R), the company's online customer service center, for
 providing "best-of-breed functionality for consumers desiring to manage their
 vehicle insurance policies via the Internet."
     Progressive (NYSE:   PGR), with headquarters in Mayfield Village, Ohio, is
 the nation's fourth largest auto insurance company. In business since 1937,
 the company provides all drivers with competitive rates and 24-hour, in-person
 and online services.  The company sells its products over the phone at 1-800-
 AUTO-PRO(R), online at progressive.com and through more than 30,000
 independent agencies throughout the U.S. More information about the company
 can be found at http://www.progressive.com .
 
 

SOURCE Progressive
    MAYFIELD VILLAGE, Ohio, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumers worldwide now
 have access to full-motion video results of the Insurance Institute for
 Highway Safety's (IIHS) low-speed bumper crash tests for seven popular 2001
 model sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks at progressive.com.  The latest
 tests (results released yesterday) were conducted on the Chevy Silverado, Ford
 F-150, Toyota Tundra, Dodge Ram, Ford Escape, Hyundai Santa Fe and the Toyota
 RAV4 and show that all but the Ford Escape allowed for excessive damage.  This
 current footage isn't available on any other Web site.
     The Institute's crashworthiness evaluations of "good," "acceptable,"
 "marginal" or "poor" are based primarily on results from five-mph crash tests
 conducted to assess how well bumpers resist costly damage in the kinds of
 impacts that frequently occur in commuter traffic and parking lots.  Of the
 four pickup trucks, "performances ranged from poor to awful," said Adrian
 Lund, IIHS chief operating officer.  None of the vehicles sustained less than
 $4,000 total damage in the four tests, and the Dodge Ram sustained more than
 $8,000 damage.  Of the three sport utility vehicles, only the Ford Escape
 turned in an acceptable performance.
     Progressive.com is the Web site of Progressive (NYSE:   PGR), one of the
 country's largest auto insurance companies.  Since November of last year,
 progressive.com has been the exclusive Web site host of IIHS dramatic video
 and analysis; past results are archived at the site.
     "Progressive believes that choice is a powerful tool.  When consumers have
 choices, they can make more informed decisions," said Toby Alfred, site
 manager for progressive.com.  "Hosting the IIHS crash test videos on
 progressive.com helps a consumer choose the right vehicle -- the vehicle that
 will keep him or her safe in an accident, and cost the least to be repaired.
 Progressive.com is the only site where consumers can view vehicle crash test
 results and then check out the insurance rates for the vehicle from
 Progressive and up to three other leading companies."
     "Manufacturers tell potential buyers they can drive these pickups and SUVs
 anywhere adventure leads them.  But consumers can expect big repair bills if
 they're unlucky enough to bump their so-called rugged vehicles into something
 at slow speeds," Lund concluded.
     Progressive.com leads the insurance industry in consumer-friendly
 innovations.  It was the first auto insurance Web site (1995), the first to
 offer online quoting and comparison rates (1996), first to offer instantaneous
 online purchase of an auto policy (1997), first to offer after-the-sale
 service (1998) and the first insurance company to offer wireless access to its
 Web site for Web-enabled cell phone and personal digital assistant (PDA) users
 (2000).
     In addition to the results of the most recent IIHS crash tests, consumers
 who visit progressive.com can find an agent in their neighborhood, get a
 Progressive quote and the rates from up to three other leading auto insurance
 companies, get a quote on motorcycle, boat and RV insurance and purchase an
 auto, motorcycle and boat policy instantaneously online.  Also at
 progressive.com:  a repair facility-locator service; shopping tools that help
 consumers calculate auto-related costs; a vehicle recall search link; an
 insurance 101 section that defines terms and "Info to Go," where consumers can
 find the latest information and tips on driving-related issues.
     Progressive.com was named the top insurance carrier Web site by Gomez(TM),
 a leading e-commerce authority, for Winter 2000. This is the third consecutive
 quarter progressive.com has won.  Gomez also named
 personal.progressive.com(R), the company's online customer service center, for
 providing "best-of-breed functionality for consumers desiring to manage their
 vehicle insurance policies via the Internet."
     Progressive (NYSE:   PGR), with headquarters in Mayfield Village, Ohio, is
 the nation's fourth largest auto insurance company. In business since 1937,
 the company provides all drivers with competitive rates and 24-hour, in-person
 and online services.  The company sells its products over the phone at 1-800-
 AUTO-PRO(R), online at progressive.com and through more than 30,000
 independent agencies throughout the U.S. More information about the company
 can be found at http://www.progressive.com .
 
 SOURCE  Progressive