• Kyodo


Toyota Motor Corp. has retained first place in a ranking of safe vehicles by the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The institute selected 15 Toyota models as winners of its “top safety pick” awards in the 2012 rankings released Thursday, more than any other automaker. General Motors Co. placed second with 14 models and Volkswagen AG third with 13 vehicles. Ford Motor Co. and Honda Motor Co. were tied for fourth with 12 models each.

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