2011 Bmw 5-Series sedan passes first crash test

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 27, 2010

As expected, the new 2011 Bmw 5-Series successfully passed its first crash but the Bavarian manufacturer wanted to show us something else: how the anticipatory assistance system helps reducing the risk of such accidents.

Apparently, if the system detects a potential collision with the vehicle in front, an illuminated red vehicle symbol on the instrument panel and on the Head-up Display appears. 

Then, the braking system is prefilled and the minimum triggering level of the hydraulic brake assistant lowered in order to ensure an emergency brake pressure. If the collision is imminent, the system activates an acoustic signal in addition to the visual warning.

If the driver still not reacts to the request to apply the brakes, then the car automatically brakes for 1.2 seconds with reduced deceleration, whereby speed is already reduced before the driver can apply the pre-tensioned brakes.

Based on the EuroNCAP test with the car approaching an offset obstacle at 64 km/h, the Bmw used in DEKRA test incorporating advanced brake intervention likewise initially accelerated to 64 km/h. The system helped the vehicle and reduced the speed to just 40 km/h.

Euro NCAP Secretary General Dr Michiel van Ratingen shares that on an annual basis, automakers will continuously innovate in order to make sure that their products, regardless of the vehicle’s size, are not just better but also provide the needed safety for its driver.

With a high number of 5 star cars in various categories, it shows that auto companies are indeed committed when it comes to the safety of its vehicles. Presently, Euro NCAP is conducting the Electronic Stability Control, which is one of the criteria in the overall assessment.

As far back as 2009, Euro NCAP expects ESC systems to be part of the standard equipment and will include its performance when testing vehicles.

The ESC is a system that attempts to lower the number of deaths, as well as injuries, due to different reasons like the vehicle rollover and the vehicle crashing such as what happens when the driver had lost any directional control.

Press Release

Euro NCAP's best performing cars of 2010 - F10 5-series

Euro NCAP is glad to announce the five best performing cars of 2010. To be selected as safest cars of their categories, these vehicles achieved a high overall score and attained the coveted five star rating.

Last year, Euro NCAP crash tested twenty nine vehicles, 65% of which reached the five star rating, compared to 90% in 2009. This decrease of 25% clearly shows that Euro NCAP’s criteria to reach a five stars are now tougher. While Euro NCAP’s poorest results of 2010 were achieved by the Citroen Nemo with three stars and by the Landwind CV9 which received only two stars, the top achievers by category are:

•Executive category: BMW 5 Series (Detailed Test Results)
•Small Family category: Alfa Romeo Giulietta
•Supermini category: Honda CR-Z
•Small off-road 4×4 category: Kia Sportage
•Small MPV category: Toyota Verso

To be top achiever means that the car accomplished a high combined score based on the scores in each of the individual four areas of Euro NCAP’s assessment, while notably exceeding the minimal thresholds for a 5 star overall rating. In addition to the top five achievers, the Suzuki Swift, Kia Venga, BMW X1, VW Sharan/Seat Alhambra, Citroen C4 all exceeded the 80% mark in overall score putting them on the list of best performing cars of 2010.

Dr Michiel van Ratingen, Euro NCAP Secretary General says “Every year, car manufacturers constantly work to innovate and make their cars better and safer for the driver, whatever the size of the vehicle. The presence in these categories of high performing 5 star cars demonstrates car manufacturers’ commitment to safety for all sizes of vehicles.”

Euro NCAP is now performing Electronic Stability Control tests as part of the overall assessment. Since 2009, Euro NCAP requires ESC systems to be fitted as standard and will from now on be measuring its performance when testing the vehicles. ESC is meant to reduce the number of deaths and injuries resulting from crashes in which the driver loses directional control of the vehicle, including those resulting in vehicle rollover.

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