The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released its top safety picks for automobiles in the 2011 model year.
This year's list has 66 top picks, the most ever. It's more than double last year's 27 models.
South Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia and German automaker Volkswagen topped the list with nine awards each.That was followed by eight awards apiece for General Motors, Ford and Toyota.
The awards, used in advertising to attract car buyers, bolster Hyundai and Volkswagen as they attempt to build a larger foothold in the United States.
Subaru and Chrysler received five awards apiece while Volvo and Mercedes had four. Subaru was the only automaker to win awards in every vehicle category in which it competes. Nissan and Honda had two awards each and Mitsubishi and BMW had one.