• 29-AUG-2012

Euro NCAP Releases New Tests: When Innovation and a World First Brings Higher Vehicle Safety

Six new models have recently undergone Euro NCAP safety tests: the Audi A3, Ford B-MAX, Isuzu D-Max, Kia Cee'd, Renault Clio and Volvo V40. Euro NCAP reports how these vehicle measure up against the latest requirements and finds encouraging trends. With a creditable four star rating, safety on board the new Isuzu D-Max is significantly improved compared to the model tested in 2008. The latest results show that Isuzu has learnt from the experience and made safety a priority for its newest model. With its rear sliding doors and innovative design, the Ford B-MAX has achieved five stars. Ford has done away with the middle columns on the B-MAX, known as the B-pillars, that usually separate the front and rear passenger compartments. The new Volvo V40 achieved five stars and is Euro NCAP's all time top scorer in its segment. What particularly distinguishes the V40 from other vehicles is the world-first Pedestrian Airbag technology, fitted as standard on the entire V40 range. The list of five star achievers is closed with the latest releases of Renault Clio, Kia Cee'd and Audi A3. Compared to their respective predecessors, this latest generation of hatchbacks offers significantly improved pedestrian protection amongst other notable improvements. Michiel van Ratingen, Euro NCAP Secretary General, says : 'In Europe, 14 percent of all road traffic fatalities are pedestrians. While in the last three years Euro NCAP has increased the requirements, the vehicle manufacturers have stepped up to the challenge. The scores observed today were unthinkable just a few years ago with the new V40 setting a new standard.' Available video includes video and images of all tested vehicles.