09/12/2014 (press release: CambridgePRGroup) // BALTIMORE // Russel Scion

Though it is better known for its nimble handling at an affordable price, the 2015 Scion FR-S continues to prove that it doesn’t cut corners when it comes to crash protection, recently earning a Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The lightweight sports car’s latest honor follows its 5-Star Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) earlier this year.

To be named a Top Safety Pick, the 2015 FR-S not only had to receive the top rating of “good” in the IIHS’ moderate-overlap front, side-impact, head-restraint and roof-strength crash tests, but it also needed to be rated “acceptable” in a newer small-overlap front test that has given many vehicles trouble. Every FR-S model comes standard with vehicle stability control, traction control, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist, an anti-lock brake system and Smart Stop Technology, which automatically reduces engine power if the driver accidentally steps on both pedals at the same time.

“Smaller vehicles — particularly sports cars — can have a reputation for being less predictable in a collision, but the Scion FR-S proves that smart engineering can make them just as safe as your run-of-the-mill family sedan,” said Wade Sterry, general manager of Russel Scion, a Baltimore Scion dealership. “Despite the FR-S’ affordable price tag, buyers can rest assured that its engineers spared no expense for crash protection while developing the game-changing sports car.”

For the 2015 model year, the Scion FR-S offers even better performance for every dollar spent. The front suspension is now more rigid and the rear shock absorbers have been retuned, improving handling and stability. Meanwhile, aerodynamics have been boosted by a new shark-fin antenna, which replaces the pole antenna from prior models. Drivers also now benefit from auto on-off headlights, a new key design and a new carbon-fiber theme on the interior panel.

About Russel Scion:

For years, Maryland Scion shoppers have trusted the dedicated and knowledgeable team at Russel Scion to deliver unparalleled sales and service experiences. Their Baltimore Scion dealership offers an extensive inventory of new and pre-owned Scion vehicles that can be browsed in a no-hassle shopping environment. Meanwhile, Russel Scion’s service and parts department helps customers long after each sale to ensure that they can enjoy their Scion for years to come. View their inventory online at www.russelscion.com, visit their dealership at 6324 Baltimore National Pike or contact their team by phone at 410-788-8400. They can also be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RusselToyota

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