In recent years, the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) in the United States has been doubling down on safety requirements for its Top Safety Pick awards. So it’s no surprise that Volvo, the standard bearer for safety, has won the most awards of any European carmaker for 2017.

The S60, V60 and XC60, equipped with Active Dual Xenon headlights, earn the Top Safety Pick Plus award, while the S90 and XC90 gain the Top Safety Pick award. For the new year, the institute has added an acceptable or good headlight rating as a requirement for its highest Top Safety Pick Plus award, in addition to the advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention required previously.

The one-rung-lower Top Safety Pick award requires cars to earn good ratings in five crashworthiness tests – small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints — as well as an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention (up from last year’s basic rating requirement) to qualify.

Volvo has been recognised by the IIHS for safety before – in August 2016, the institute reported that cars fitted with Volvo City Safety autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system reduced rear-end collisions by 43% and those with injuries by 45%. The company will further cement that reputation with the introduction of large animal detection with AEB on the S90 and XC90 next year.

“Volvo’s commitment to safety is crystalized in our Vision 2020, which states that no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car by 2020,” said Volvo Car USA president and CEO Lex Kerssemakers. “Our new cars prove that luxury, style and performance can perfectly compliment world-leading safety.”