Volvo says every year is a safety year at Volvo Cars.

The company says it is working towards the vision that, by 2020, nobody should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo - and data from independent rating institutes all over the world emphasises and reinforces this life-saving philosophy.

The most recent results are a Top Safety Pick+ for both the Volvo S60 and XC60 in the United States, and an outstanding Best in Class ranking for the all-new Volvo V40 in the Euro NCAP summary for 2012.

"Viewed together, all the top ratings during the past year emphasise our world-leading position in automotive safety. We are very proud to offer consumers some of the world's safest cars," said Professor Lotta Jakobsson, Senior Technical Specialist Safety at Volvo Cars Safety Centre.

At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Volvo Cars presented a new world-first in safety: Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection is an enhancement of the present detection and auto brake technology.

The added functionality detects and automatically brakes for cyclists swerving out in front of the car.

"Several studies have documented that our collision-avoiding systems lead to significant accident reductions in real-life traffic.

"By continuously introducing new preventive and protective systems, we keep moving towards our aim that by 2020 no-one should be injured or killed in a new Volvo," said Jakobsson.