2013 Volvo V40 sets record at the Euro NCAP test

Article by Christian A., on August 31, 2012

Volvo’s all-new V40 model passed the European NCAP collision test, setting a record on this crash safety test. The Swedish company has always prided itself on its reputation for safety. Volvo’s S60 model got the top rating in the new IIHS crash test. The V40 now holds the record for best-ever overall results recorded on the Euro NCAP test.

There are four categories in this Euro NCAP test. These are adults occupant protection, child protection, pedestrian protection, and safety assist. The V40 got a 98% rating on the protection for adults category, the highest result ever recorded in this test. The V40 got the highest points possible in the safety assist category.

It also set a new record for pedestrian protection, attributed to Volvo’s new pedestrian airbag. Thomas Broberg, Senior Technical Advisor Safety at Volvo Car Corporation, said that its “fantastic result” stands for another major step in attaining its 2020 target, which is for no death or serious injury to result from riding a Volvo.

"A fantastic result. We are very proud to have one of the world's safest cars and we're taking yet another important step toward our 2020 target - that nobody should die or be seriously injured in a Volvo," says Thomas Broberg, Senior Technical Advisor Safety at Volvo Car Corporation.

Volvo’s newest five-door sporty hatchback is expected to bring new standards to its segment when it comes to handling, fuel economy, and of course, safety. Called the V40, it has that attractive coupe design clearly inspired by the styles of the classic P1800ES Volvo and the C30 coupé. Thus when compared to other models in the same class, it is sleeker and more athletic.

The engineering team at Volvo is confident that the V40 is set to become the yardstick as it relates to dynamic fineness. This is because the brand made sure to focus not only on the steering feel and handling but also on ride comfort and agility.

That said, Volvo did not forget safety as it is a quality that the brand has long been known for and in fact takes a lead in. It was with the Volvo S60 when the brand first revealed the first-ever Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake. For the V40, it will have another first with the Pedestrian Airbag Technology. What this does is that when the vehicle determines that a pedestrian has been hit, an airbag inflates beneath the bonnet’s rear edge.

While the raised bonnet is able to help cushion the pedestrian, the airbag ensures that the pedestrian’s head does not hit any of the vehicle’s so-called hard points. These include the lower portion of the A-pillars and the windscreen.

Combined with the Pedestrian Detection, these two safety systems offer unmatched protection not only for the pedestrian but the people inside as well. This is indeed significant as figures show in Europe alone, 14% of all the traffic fatalities can be traced to pedestrians. In China that figure is even higher going at least 25%.

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