Small SUV's -- Is Yours Safe? Check out High-Speed Crash Tests and Analysis on progressive.com

Progressive.com Features the Latest High-Speed Crash Test Videos

from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety



Apr 24, 2001, 01:00 ET from Progressive

    MAYFIELD VILLAGE, Ohio, April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 April 24, 2001 -- Consumers worldwide now have access to full-motion video
 results of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) high-speed
 frontal offset crash tests for three new 2001 small model sport utility
 vehicles at progressive.com.  The latest tests (results released yesterday)
 were conducted on the Hyundai Santa Fe, RAV4 and the Ford Escape.  The Hyundai
 Santa Fe was the only vehicle to receive a rating of "good" from IIHS.  This
 current footage isn't available on any other Web site.
     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.
     The Institute's crashworthiness evaluations of "good," "acceptable,"
 "marginal" or "poor" are based primarily on results from frontal offset crash
 tests at 40 mph.  The offset tests involve 40 percent of a vehicle's front end
 hitting a crushable barrier at 40 mph.
     This is the second time the Institute has tested a RAV4 in the 40 mph
 frontal offset impact.  "In particular, the structural performance improved.
 But there is still room for improvement.  The dummy's head hit the steering
 wheel through the airbag, and there was a possibility of injury to both lower
 legs," said Brian O'Neill, IIHS president.  The debut of the Ford Escape was
 disappointing due to moderate to major intrusion into the driver footwell area
 of the vehicle during the test.  Because of this, there was a high likelihood
 of right leg injury.  The best performer in this round of testing was the 2001
 Hundai Santa Fe with little intrusion into the occupant compartment.
     "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."
     "We are delighted to see Progressive use our video and results on its Web
 site.  The more access insurance consumers have to these kinds of results, the
 more pressure there will be on automakers to improve their designs," said
 Brian O'Neill, IIHS president.
     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 www.progressive.com .
 
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    MAYFIELD VILLAGE, Ohio, April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 April 24, 2001 -- Consumers worldwide now have access to full-motion video
 results of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) high-speed
 frontal offset crash tests for three new 2001 small model sport utility
 vehicles at progressive.com.  The latest tests (results released yesterday)
 were conducted on the Hyundai Santa Fe, RAV4 and the Ford Escape.  The Hyundai
 Santa Fe was the only vehicle to receive a rating of "good" from IIHS.  This
 current footage isn't available on any other Web site.
     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.
     The Institute's crashworthiness evaluations of "good," "acceptable,"
 "marginal" or "poor" are based primarily on results from frontal offset crash
 tests at 40 mph.  The offset tests involve 40 percent of a vehicle's front end
 hitting a crushable barrier at 40 mph.
     This is the second time the Institute has tested a RAV4 in the 40 mph
 frontal offset impact.  "In particular, the structural performance improved.
 But there is still room for improvement.  The dummy's head hit the steering
 wheel through the airbag, and there was a possibility of injury to both lower
 legs," said Brian O'Neill, IIHS president.  The debut of the Ford Escape was
 disappointing due to moderate to major intrusion into the driver footwell area
 of the vehicle during the test.  Because of this, there was a high likelihood
 of right leg injury.  The best performer in this round of testing was the 2001
 Hundai Santa Fe with little intrusion into the occupant compartment.
     "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."
     "We are delighted to see Progressive use our video and results on its Web
 site.  The more access insurance consumers have to these kinds of results, the
 more pressure there will be on automakers to improve their designs," said
 Brian O'Neill, IIHS president.
     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 www.progressive.com .
 
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