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Last year was probably one of the busiest years for the European New Car Assessment Programme, with a total of around 70 cars tested. But amongst that huge pack of vehicles, one model managed to really stand out, and this was the second-generation Volvo XC60. After going through all those cars, the European NCAP made a decision that this is the safest car overall.
Ever since, Volvo has had a good reputation when it comes to car safety, and that is why we are not surprised that the new XC60 got the highest score during the tests. It scored 98% for the Adult Occupant category, and for Safety Assist, it got 95%, which still is pretty impressive as most cars do not ever get a score that high.
Malin Ekholm, Vice President of Volvo Cars Safety Center, promised that no one should ever get seriously injured or killed ever riding a Volvo car by the beginning of next decade. And based on the results we just saw, it seems like the automaker is right on track with fulfilling this promise.Read the entire article 2018 Volvo XC60 gets the Euro NCAP’s best ratings for 2017
The 2017 Ford Mustang only received a two-star rating (out of five) last January when it went through the European New Car Assessment Program. But now that there is a 2018 model year, the European NCAP had to re-evaluate the new and updated model. Thanks to the additional safety technology, the score had been raised to three stars. Not a huge difference, but it’s definitely better than a two.
Unlike the US based 2018 Mustang, the Euro-spec one now comes standard with automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, and lane-keeping assistance. The ‘Safety Assist Pillar’ increased from 16 percent to 61 percent - that is equivalent to a five-star rating in this category. These features are optional for the US market. The refreshed Mustang is now equipped with front airbags that meet Euro NCAP’s requirements, helping to avoid the worst case scenario during a serious collision.
For the adult occupant testing, the rating remains at 72 percent, while the pedestrian protection increased to 78 percent. In contrast, the child occupant rating goes down to 32 percent.Read the entire article Euro-spec 2018 Ford Mustang improved its rating at the NCAP crash tests to 3 stars
Mazda seems too far ahead in Safety technology for having four of its vehicles chosen as the safest on the road. Very recently, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has included the Japanese automaker’s CX-9 among the Top Safety Pick+ ratings along with the CX3 crossover, the Mazda 6 and the Mazda 3.
While its highly advanced crash avoidance system lead to its Top Safety Pick rating +, the CX-9 scored the highest in all 5 crash tests which included rigorous testing on the new LED headlights.
Other midsize SUVs that have earned the top spot are Toyota Highlander, Hyundai Santa Fe, and Honda Pilot. Meanwhile, the highest slot in the midsize luxury category went to Volvo’s XC60, Mercedes-Benz’s GLE, the Lexus RX /NX, Buick Envision, Audi Q5 as well as Acura’s RDX and MDX models.Read the entire article 2017 Mazda CX-9 has earned the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives its Top Safety Pick Award to the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, and they have got videos of it during the crash test procedures to prove to us why.
The procedure requires cars to go through five crashworthiness tests including: small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints and seats. While the Bolt came out with good results on all five tests, one thing that it does not have are good headlights to avoid getting into an accident.
Results by the IIHS say that the headlights "provide good visibility but produce excessive glare for oncoming drivers". Furthermore, the company wrote in a press release that “the car avoided collisions in IIHS track tests at 12 mph and 25 mph, and the system has a forward collision warning component that meets National Highway Traffic Safety Administration criteria”.Read the entire article 2017 Chevrolet Bolt earns IIHS Top Safety Pick Award
Tesla Motors could now confidently say that its Tesla Model X is the safest sports utility vehicle and perhaps the safest electric vehicle so far.
After all, no other SUV or vehicle could surpass the recent ratings scored by the Tesla Model X (2017 model year) in the latest round of independent tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Of course, there is nothing that exceeds the maximum five stars awarded by NHTSA to vehicles following testing. This means other SUVs or vehicles could – at best – match the ratings earned by the 2017 Tesla Model X.
Overall, five variants of the 2017 Tesla Model X SUV were tested: Model X 60D AWD, Model X 75D AWD, Model X 90D AWD, Model X P90D AWD and Model X P100D AWD. All these variants were made to undergo three test categories: front crash, overall side crash (both side barrier and pole crashes) and rollover resistance.Read the entire article 2017 Tesla Model X scores five stars in all of NHTSA safety tests
Following the introduction of the new generation Suzuki Swift in Europe for the 2017 model year, the hatchback from the Japanese company managed to score fairly in the latest round of safety tests conducted by the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP). In fact, a standard version of the 2017 Suzuki Swift earned a 3-star safety rating from Euro NCAP, while a variant equipped with the optional safety pack equipped version received a 4-star rating from the assessment program.
In the area of Adult Occupant protection, the 2017 Suzuki Swift scored 83 percent. According to Euro NCAP, the Swift’s passenger compartment remained stable in the frontal offset test, offering good protection of the knees and femurs for the driver and passenger.
Meanwhile, the full-width rigid barrier test showed that the Swift offers marginal chest protection, although protection of critical body areas was considered by Euro NCAP as good or adequate. In case of rear-end collision, Euro NCAP noted that the front seats and head restraints offer good protection against whiplash injuries while the rear seats provide poor protection.Read the entire article Euro NCAP gives 3 stars to 2017 Suzuki Swift; optional package ups safety rating to 4 stars
After earning the maximum safety rating of five stars from the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), the 2017 BMW 5 Series (G30) was named by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) a “Top Safety Pick +.”
Being granted with the Top Safety Pick+ by IIHS isn’t an easy feat. Currently, IIHS grants two awards safety awards for 2017: Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+. To become 2017 Top Safety Pick, a vehicle should earn good ratings in five crashworthiness tests (small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints). Likewise, a vehicle should earn an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention. Qualifying for 2017 Top Safety Pick+ means a vehicle managed to earn good ratings in all five crashworthiness tests as well as an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention. Furthermore, it should earn an acceptable or good headlight rating.
Following the necessary tests, IIHS adjudged that the 2017 BMW 5 Series is qualified to be granted the Top Safety Pick+ award. This comes after the 2017 BMW 5 Series earned “Good” ratings for the five crashworthiness tests -- small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints. It also earned a “Superior” rating for front crash prevention as well as “Good” rating for its headlights.Read the entire article IIHS gives Top Safety Pick+ award to sixth-generation 2017 BMW 5 Series (G30)
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has given its Top Safety Pick+ award to the redesigned version of the 2017 Kia Cadenza. This was a result of excellent a front crash prevention system and good crashworthiness ratings with headlights being considered as acceptable.
In order to achieve the TOP SAFETY PICK+ award, a vehicle should be able to get good rating in all of the five crashworthiness tests. It should also have a front crash prevention system that will get either an advanced rating or superior rating. Finally, the headlights should have a good rating, or at the least an acceptable rating.
This redesigned version is the first Cadenza to have undergone the small overlap front protection conducted by IIHS. What this test does is to duplicate the situation wherein the front corner, on the driver side, crashes against another vehicle or even an object. The results was that the driver space remained to be maintained well with the maximum intrusion of the parking brake pedal measured to be 4 inches.Read the entire article IIHS gives awards TOP SAFETY PICK+ to redesigned 2017 Kia Cadenza
BMW is well known for its premium aesthetic releases and a compelling performance in the upper mid category. And now it can add another achievement to its long list of successes: the German automotive company's latest BMW 5 Series (G30) bagged a 5-star rating safety in the Euro NCAP Crash Test, securing a solid 81% overall score.
The midsize sedan got an impressive 91 percent rating in adult occupant safety, while getting a splendid 85 percent in the child occupant safety. The premium car also bagged an 81 percent rating in the pedestrian safety evaluation. The impressive performance of BMW gained the respect of the Euro NCAP body, which remarked that the sixth-generation model series' performance in the pedestrian safety assessment was remarkable due to its classic active hood and "Person Warning" setup that has a city braking duty.
Euro NCAP also lauded the BMW 5 series' autonomous breaking tech and remarked that it was effective in guiding the driver dodge a crash with another vehicle or a pedestrian. With its superior results on vehicle occupant protection made for children and adults, standard safety features and pedestrian protection, the BMW 5 series automatically clinched the top spot within its segment. Furthermore, it is now considered as the 1st BMW vehicle series to obtain a perfect score on the Euro NCAP crash test rating for its impressive safety features.Read the entire article 2017 BMW 5-Series (G30) bags impressive 5 stars in the Euro NCAP Crash Test
We all want to know how safe our vehicles are on the road. Of course, carmakers do brag about the safety levels of their offerings, but it’s really up to unbiased assessment agencies to tell us the real deal. In Europe, the safety levels of new cars are tested by European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP). In fact, Euro NCAP just completed its latest round of safety tests, and the results were quite mixed.
For the latest round of testing, six vehicles underwent Euro NCAP’s stringent process: Audi Q5, Citroen C3, Fiat 500, Ford Ka+, Land Rover Discovery and Toyota C-HR. The results of the tests should make the people at Audi, Land Rover and Toyota leap for joy while leave those at Fiat and Ford scratching their heads. Euro NCAP’s overall safety rating is based on assessment in four important areas: Adult protection; Child protection; Pedestrian protection; and Safety Assist technologies. Vehicles are rated overall from one to five stars. The more stars a vehicle has, the safer it is.
According to Euro-NCAP, both the new Audi Q5 luxury SUV and Toyota C-HR subcompact crossover were able to earn five-star ratings from the assessment program, thanks to their good all-round performance. A five-star rating means these vehicles offer overall good performance in crash protection and are well-equipped with robust crash avoidance technology. In particular, the Toyota C-HR scored 95 percent for Adult protection; 77 percent for Child protection; 76 percent for Pedestrian protection; and 78 percent for Safety Assist technologies. The new Audi Q5, meanwhile, earned 93 percent for Adult protection; 86 percent for Child protection; 73 percent for Pedestrian protection; and 58 percent for Safety Assist technologies.Read the entire article 2017 Euro NCAP crash tests: Toyota C-HR, Audi Q5 and Land Rover Discovery SUVs earn five stars
They were so near, and yet so far. This is how we could describe the saga of two electric cars -- the Tesla Model S and the BMW i3 – in their attempt to earn the highest safety award being given by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Of course, every carmaker wants their vehicles to earn at least the Top Safety Pick award. However, there is nothing much better than earning the Top Safety Pick+ (Plus) award. Why? Simply because a good chunk of possible customers also regard vehicle safety as one of the parameters in choosing a new ride. IIHS has already commenced testing vehicles for 2017.
As far as we could remember, a vehicle model could qualify for the 2017 Top Safety Pick, if it has managed to score good ratings in five crashworthiness tests -- small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints. It must also earn an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention. For a vehicle to earn the 2017 Top Safety Pick+, a vehicle must earn good ratings in all five crashworthiness tests as well as an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention. In addition, it should have an acceptable or good headlight rating.Read the entire article Tesla Model S and BMW i3 fail to earn 2017 Top Safety Pick+ rating from IIHS [w/video]
The new Ford Mustang muscle car looks menacing and is surely quick and fast. But it seems its European version isn’t as safe as the pony car intended for the United States. This was recently revealed in the latest crash tests conducted by the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP).
Euro NCAP has already commenced subjecting new vehicles to its 2017 test regime. Among the first vehicles to undergo crash tests were the Euro-spec Mustang as well as the new Volvo S90 and V90. While the Volvo S90 and V90 were both impressive, the Euro-spec 2017 Ford Mustang was a disappointment. According to Euro NCAP, both the Volvo S90 and V90 – with maximum five-star ratings -- were able to exceed the best overall test scores of any model subjected to crash tests in 2016. Euro NCAP attributed these ratings to the fact the Volvo S90 and V90 are fitted – as standard -- with autonomous emergency braking for cars and pedestrians and are offering lane and speed assistance. In addition, the S90 and V90 are now two of the best three Euro NCAP scores. Interestingly, the third one was also a Volvo.
As for the Euro-spec Ford Mustang – in its pre-facelift version – the pony car just managed to earn a dismal two-star rating. This was a far cry from the five-star rating that its American version received from the New Car Assessment Program of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration years ago. In addition, the American-spec 2017 Ford Mustang managed to earn satisfying ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), which gave the pony car an "acceptable" rating in the small overlap front test, and a "good" rating in the moderate overlap front, side head restraints & seats, and roof strength tests.Read the entire article 2017 Ford Mustang gets only two stars in Euro NCAP’s crash tests
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has reviewed the 2016 Volkswagen Passat and given it a 2016 TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating, following a series of tests conducted by the institute.
In an announcement, Volkswagen of America, Inc., said the 2016 Passat in particular aced the IIHS Small Overlap Front Crash test, receiving the highest possible rating of “good.” It also received “good” ratings in other crashworthiness tests conducted by the IIHS.
The Passat used in the tests was equipped with the available Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist) system. This system employs a radar sensor to monitor the distance between the Passat and the vehicle ahead.Read the entire article 2016 Volkswagen Passat earns TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from IIHS
Safety is a top priority for Renault's new Mégane small family car. That is why it was given a five-star rating from Euro NCAP. After all, it is underpinned by Renault's Common Module Family (CMF) platform that also underpins the Kadjar crossover.
This CMF platform employs high elastic limit steel for the spars and side rails as well as cross members located between the engine compartment and the cabin. To illustrate the strength of this limit steel, just a square millimeter could bear a load of 120 kg.
Moreover, this platform allows the integration of operative occupant restraint systems like dual-generator front airbags. These airbags – which deploy according to the type of impact as well as according to the position of the vehicle occupant – have allowed the new Mégane to receive high scores in terms of both adult and child protection.Read the entire article 2016 Renault Megane receives 5-star rating from Euro NCAP for its safety features
The American designed and developed 2016 Honda Pilot has been awarded the TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) if you opt for the front crash prevention safety feature.
Coupled with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), Honda has earned itself a reputation for safety and security. It was awarded the highest available U.S. government (NCAP) and IIHS safety ratings possible.
The 2016 Honda Pilot also has an optional frontal crash prevention system gaining the award of top rating of Superior from IIHS. Jeff Conrad, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Honda Division said that the 2016 Pilot sets the new benchmark in the midsize SUV segment with its top-of-the-class fuel economy and after having gotten the highest safety ratings possible.Read the entire article 2016 Honda Pilot with front crash safety feature earns top rating from IIHS
The European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) has awarded the new Subaru Outback (2.0D 'EyeSight', LHD, European specifications) with the highest five-star rating for its 2014 overall safety performance test. According to the European unit of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., Subaru Europe, new Outback managed to receive high scores in all four key areas: adult occupant protection (85%); child occupant protection (87%); pedestrian protection (70%); and safety assist.
The Outback also scored maximum points in the side impact barrier test, with good protection of all critical body areas. Subaru Europe also disclosed the Euro NCAP tests on the front seats and head restraints as well as a geometric assessment of the rear restraints indicated good protection against whiplash injuries on rear-end collision.
The Outback also managed to score max points for its protection of the 18-month dummy in the dynamic crash tests. Likewise, the bumper of the Outback was found to be able to provide good protection to pedestrians' legs in all tested areas.Read the entire article 2015 Subaru Outback gains five-star rating from Euro NCAP
Volkswagen’s 2015 Passat (B8) follows its predecessor when it comes to safety as the new model managed to receive the maximum rating of 5 stars in the Euro NCAP crash tests. The overall safety rating of 5 stars for the new Passat is composed of the results obtained by the vehicle in four sub-areas: occupant protection for adults and children, pedestrian protection and security support.
According to the press release, the occupant protection for adults include a head-on crash test against an aluminum barrier at 64 km/h and 40% overlap, as well as a side impact at 50 km/h in the vehicle structure and a pole side impact at 29 km/h.
The new Passat managed to receive 85 percent of the maximum rating. During the tests in the important area of child protection, the Passat reached over 87 percent of the maximum rating thanks to the standard Isofix and top tether child seat anchors.Read the entire article 2015 VW Passat (B8) receives the maximum rating of 5 stars in the Euro NCAP crash tests
Toyota Motor Corp. says the latest iteration of RAV4 crossover earned a passing score in the latest round of tests simulating small-overlap front crashes as conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. According to Toyota Chief Safety Technology Officer Secretary Seigo Kuzumaki, the 2015 RAV4 got a “good” score in the latest test, which should allow the crossover to earn institute’s coveted Top Safety Pick rating.
The 2014 RAV4 failed to earn the status after getting poor results in the small overlap test conducted in July 2013, prompting Toyota engineers to vow an overhaul and to make the crossover more than strong enough to pass.
The RAV4 needs a small-overlap rating score of at least “acceptable” to earn Top Safety Pick. Official results of the latest test won’t be published until December, according to IIHS spokesman Russ Rader, adding that the results look promising.Read the entire article 2015 RAV4 earns good rating at IIHS small overlap test, says Toyota
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has named the Ford C-MAX Hybrid a Top Safety Pick for second year in a row. IIHS had the 2014 Ford C-MAX Hybrid undergo multiple crash tests – leading to a “good” rating in side crash, roof strength, restraint and seating evaluations.
Steve Kenner, global director, Ford Automotive Safety Office said the carmaker is proud that the C-MAX Hybrid has achieved a Top Safety Pick from the IIHS. Standard safety equipment on the C-MAX Hybrid includes MyKey, AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control, driver and passenger airbags and front seat-mounted side-impact airbags.
Add to that list a safety canopy system, SOS Post Crash Alert System and a tire pressure monitoring system. The C-MAX Hybrid comes with available driver-assist features like a rearview camera, active park assist, forward sensing system and reverse sensing system as well as rain-sensing wipers.Read the entire article 2014 Ford C-MAX Hybrid earns second Top Safety Pick from IIHS
Lithium ion batteries powering the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid and Nissan Leaf EV managed to pass their first Insurance Institute for Highway Safety small-overlap front crash tests with no reported issues. While battery of the Leaf survived the small overlap test, it still scored a poor rating after getting significant damage that makes drivers gain left knee, thigh and lower leg injuries.
The Volt scored an acceptable rating in the small-overlap test. It went on its way to receive the institute's only Top Safety Pick+ overall award after this round of testing.
IIHS grants Top Safety Pick+ designation to a vehicle that has earned a good or acceptable rating in the small-overlap test; a good rating on the institute's other four tests; and advanced or superior ratings for front crash prevention.Read the entire article MINI Countryman earns the only good rating for small-overlap front crash protection
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