The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas, a new midsize SUV, made in Chattanooga has earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's top safety pick award.

To qualify for the 2017 Top Safety Pick award, a vehicle must have good ratings in all five crash worthiness tests.

It also must have an available front crash prevention rating that earns an advanced or superior rating.

The Atlas has an optional front crash prevention system that earns a superior rating.

The system also has a forward collision warning component that meets national highway traffic safety administration criteria.