Volvo has come out as overall 'Best Manufacturer' in the first 'British Insurance Car Security Awards' (BICSA) presented by Home Office minister, Hazel Blears MP at an awards ceremony on 30 June at the Motor Insurance Repair Research Centre. In addition, Volvo's C70 also came second in the 'Convertible/Roadster' class, while the new S40 saloon, V50 sportswagon, together with their predecessors the S40 and V40 Classic, came second in the 'Family Car' class.
Collecting the award, Hugh Reid, managing director, Volvo Car UK said: "Winning the prestigious, new 'Best Manufacturer' award is a great recognition of the work Volvo has dedicated to optimising the security, and added personal safety and value, of the entire Volvo range."
Volvo's security features include an alarm with immobiliser and deadlocks as standard on all models, with the added personal safety feature of Home Safe and Approach lighting, and the option of laminated side windows now available for most of the range.
The BISCA aim is to raise consumer awareness of vehicle security and recognise manufacturers' efforts to make more secure cars. To be eligible for the awards, all cars had to pass strict selection criteria in line with the New Vehicle Security Ratings scheme (NVSR) developed by the Motor Insurance Repair Research Centre.
Speaking at the awards ceremony, Home Office Minister, Hazel Blears MP said: "The British Insurance Car Security Awards give motorists confidence that all cars that met the selection criteria for the awards offer good levels of security and I would particularly like to congratulate today's award winners. Motorists will be able to take this security information into account to help inform their decision when buying a new car."
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