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Euro NCAP gives 3 stars to 2017 Suzuki Swift; optional package ups safety rating to 4 stars

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.

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2017 BMW 5-Series (G30) bags impressive 5 stars in the Euro NCAP Crash Test

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.

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2017 Euro NCAP crash tests: Toyota C-HR, Audi Q5 and Land Rover Discovery SUVs earn five stars

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.

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2017 Ford Mustang gets only two stars in Euro NCAP’s crash tests

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Euro NCAP has awarded a five-star rating to the all-new Nissan Qashqai, thanks to a number of new and innovative safety features that helped it pass all tests. On front impact tests, the Qashqai’s passenger compartment remained stable, with dummy readings indicating good protection for both the knees and femurs of both the driver and passenger.

The driver dummy also got maximum scores, with good protection of all body regions. The Qashqai also scored maximum points in the side barrier test, with all body parts well protected. The new Qashqai also aced the Child Occupant tests.

According to readings from the child dummies used in the dynamic tests, the vehicle got maximum scores for its protection of an 18-month old infant.

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Euro NCAP (New Car Assessment Program) has named the Qoros 3 Sedan as the best ‘Small Family’ car of 2013 after awarding it with a maximum five-star rating in September. The Qoros 3 Sedan is the first car developed in China that received five-star ratings from Euro NCAP. The sedan logged high scores in all four areas of the Euro NCAP tests.

Its overall score of 88 percent was also the highest achieved by any vehicle tested in 2013.  “The Euro NCAP result demonstrates the high level of design, engineering and production quality that we have achieved with the Qoros 3 Sedan,” Volker Steinwascher, Vice Chairman of Qoros, said. He said that reaching world-class standards was their objective since the beginning.

Michiel van Ratingen, Euro NCAP Secretary General, congratulated Qoros for being able to achieve the highest safety record with the Qoros 3 Sedan.” The Qoros 3 Sedan scored the best result for Adult Occupant protection at 95 percent in Euro NCAP’s 2013 program – thanks to its robust passenger safety cell proven to be effective in minimizing impact to passengers during front-end, side impact and pole impact collisions.

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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV mid-size crossover has received a maximum five-star rating in the 2013 Euro NCAP (New Car Assessment Program). The five-star rating is the latest of the awards that confirm Mitsubishi Motors Corporation’s @earth TECHNOLOGY – which embodies the carmaker’s Drive@earth pillars of environmental responsibility, driving pleasure, and toughness and safety.

All of these pillars are found in the Outlander PHEV, considered as the pinnacle of @earthTECHNOLOGY. The Outlander PHEV, which features MMC's own Plug-in Hybrid EV System, was named as the "Car of the Year Japan 2013-2014's Innovation Award" for its environmental performance and motive performance.

Also, Outlander PHEV's Plug-in Hybrid EV System was recognized for its environmental performance and driving dynamics by the Automotive Researchers' and Journalists' Conference of Japan (RJC).  In November, the conference also named which the plug-in hybrid EV system as the "RJC Technology of the Year 2014."

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The Peugeot 308 five-door hatchback has received a 5-star rating from the Euro NCAP. The vehicle scored five stars in all four categories: adult protection, child protection, pedestrian protection and safety assist. Euro NCAP conducted the safety tests using the new stiffer protocol for allocating results.

The Peugeot i-Cockpit in the New 308 also features a compact steering wheel for agile response, head-up instrument panel, large 9.7’’ touch screen and the tall central console.

It also features several connected services through the Peugeot Connect Apps, based on mobile internet technology. The ergonomics of the touch screen allows apps to be easily accessed and used intuitively.

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The BMW i3 has failed to get the top safety rating from Euro NCAP, scoring only four out of a possible five stars. The vehicle performed poorly in two categories -- pedestrian protection and safety assistance systems. According to Euro NCAP, the i3 scored just 57 percent in the pedestrian safety test, due to a "poor" front edge to the hood and substandard results recorded at the base of the windshield and along the "stiff" windshield pillars.

The German motoring organization ADAC remarked that these are considered deficiencies, particularly because the i3 was designed as “a modern car for big cities."  ADAC added that such vehicles should place high value on pedestrian protection. In the safety assistance systems test, the i3 scored 55 percent. Euro NCAP noted that while i3 met test requirements by offering electronic stability control as standard equipment; it lacked seat belt reminders in the rear.

Euro NCAP remarked that a system designed to control i3’s speed was not expected to reach its minimum fitment rate to qualify for assessment. BMW has high expectations for the i3, which has so far gained over 10,000 pre-orders and 100,000 requests for test drives. The Euro NCAP scores could cause some worries on the car’s safety and could discourage future buyers.

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Euro NCAP has awarded the all-new Ford Tourneo Connect the maximum five-star safety rating, making it the first compact people mover to receive the top score. The Ford Tourneo Connect scored 94 percent for adult occupant protection; 85 percent for child occupant protection; and 83 percent overall. The max rating for the Ford Tourneo Connect follows a similar rating -star safety rating received for the larger Ford Tourneo Custom people mover, which is still the only vehicle in its class to gain five stars from Euro NCAP.

Stephen Lesh, Tourneo Connect chief program engineer at Ford of Europe, remarked that the vehicle provides the space and versatility active families “need to live life to the full.”

He added that the ratings from Euro NCAP show that Ford knows how important safety is for customers. The all-new Ford Tourneo Connect -- engineered to provide outstanding occupant and pedestrian protection in all accident situations – is derived from the same Ford global vehicle platform that also underpins other five-star rated vehicles like the Focus, C-MAX and new Kuga.

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Euro NCAP gave the maximum 5-star rating to the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross, making it one of the safest cars in Europe. Suzuki’s new C-segment crossover earned an above-average overall result in this new independent crash testing. It was on pedestrian protection that the SX4 S-Cross did particularly well.

It achieved a top-class rating in total score for newly adopted test methodology that started this year. Euro NCAP gives one overall star rating with five stars being the highest.

How many stars there are show the vehicle’s performance level in all four areas -- adult protection, child safety, pedestrian protection and safety assist.

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Euro NCAP has awarded the all-new Kia Carens compact MPV with a five-star safety rating. The rating came after the Carens gained high scores for Adult Occupant Protection (94 percent), Child Occupant Protection (76 percent), Safety Assist equipment (81 percent) and Pedestrian protection (64 percent). The Carens is one of only two compact MPVs that were awarded five-star ratings in the 2013 Euro NCAP tests.

Benny Oeyen, Vice President Marketing and Product Planning at Kia Motors Europe remarked that since the beginning of the new Carens’ development program, their engineers were dedicated to creating a compact MPV with the “very best structure and safety technology” to protect drivers and pedestrians. He remarked that the Carens being able to get the highest rating in Euro NCAP that has become tougher in the last five years is a testament to Kia’s ongoing commitment to improving vehicle safety.

Euro NCAP has awarded the Carens maximum point scores for side impact protection against a barrier, child protection for 18-month old infants, front seat whiplash protection and protection for pedestrians’ legs.  Euro NCAP noted that the Carens comes with a ‘belt-up’ reminder for all seats and a driver-set adjustable speed limiter.

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Euro NCAP has awarded the Seat Leon ST with a five-star safety rating, placing the small station wagon among the safest cars on the road. The Seat Leon ST joins the Leon five-door hatchback as a five-star car. The five-star rating came after the Seat Leon ST gained exceptional scores in all areas of the industry-standard Euro NCAP test, particularly in the adult occupant safety part (94 percent) and child occupant safety section (92 percent).

Helping the Seat Leon ST achieve such high child occupant score are features like front passenger airbag deactivation that facilitates installation of a rear-facing child seat. Also helping the small station wagon get high safety scores are the extensive use of high strength and ultra-high strength steels in key areas of the chassis.

The Leon ST also received two Euro NCAP Advanced awards -- for its lane-keeping assistant and multi-collision brake systems. Dr. Matthias Rabe, Executive Vice-President for Research and Development at Seat SA, remarked that the carmaker is committed to the “highest levels of active and passive safety in all its models.

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The all-new Mazda6 has gained a five-star safety rating in the latest Euro NCAP tests, making it one of the safest cars on the road in the United Kingdom. Mazda was able to achieve the safety feat by introducing innovations like the impact-absorbing SKYACTIV-Body technology. Following several crash tests, both the Mazda6 saloon and the tourer were able to achieve top marks in all four Euro NCAP categories.

The scores for the all-new Mazda6 were: adult occupant protection (92%), child occupant protection (77%), and safety assist systems (81%) – all exceeding the 80%, 60% and 65% thresholds required to gain a 5-Star rating overall.  Likewise, the all-new Mazda6 scored 66% for pedestrian safety, one of the best in Europe among vehicles tested in 2013.

Jeremy Thomson, Managing Director at Mazda UK, remarked that the SKYACTIV technology did not only make the all-new Mazda6 more powerful and more fuel efficient, it is also now lighter and stronger, thanks to ultra-high tensile steel that reinforce the body’s structures as well as its passive safety performance.

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Euro NCAP has awarded the top five-star rating to the UK-built Honda CR-V, making the vehicle one of the safest in Europe. The system rates a vehicle’s overall safety performance, providing consumers an easy-to-understand single score. Euro NCAP rates overall safety in four different aspects -- occupant protection, child protection, pedestrian protection and the availability of driver aids.

Since Euro NCAP implemented its current rating scheme in February 2009, all Honda models tested received 5 stars: Accord, Insight, Jazz, CR-Z, Civic and CR-V. The safety rating for the CR-V -- built at Honda's manufacturing site in Swindon, England -- reflects the carmaker's commitment to overall vehicle safety, which is embodied by the term "Safety for Everyone."

According to Honda, this term means crash protection not only for drivers and passengers, but also for occupants of other vehicles, and injury mitigation for pedestrians. Honda has a car-to-car crash test facility at its Tochigi R&D site that analyses impacts between vehicles of different sizes. The facility then develops solutions to mitigate injuries for both passengers and pedestrians.

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The Chevrolet Trax small sports utility vehicle has earned a five-star rating from European New Car Assessment Program (Euro NCAP). The Trax is the seventh Chevrolet model to secure Euro NCAP's five-star rating, along with the Aveo, Volt, Cruze, Orlando, Malibu and Captiva. The Chevrolet Trax particularly scored an excellent 94 percent in the Adult Occupant category of the Euro NCAP safety tests.

The Trax also scored maximum points in the side barrier test, as it was able to provide passengers with good protection on all body regions. The Trax also gained good scores for frontal impact.

The small SUV was also able to give ample protection against whiplash injury thanks to adjustable seat and head restraints in case of a rear impact. The vehicle likewise gained favorable results in the side impact test and child restraint installation in the Child Occupant category.

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Renault Captur has secured a five-star rating from the European New Car Assessment Program (Euro NCAP) after acing the body’s passive safety tests. The small crossover achieved a global score of 80.5 percent, becoming the 15th Renault model to earn Euro NCAP’s maximum five-star passive safety rating. Renault Captur’s high safety score was a result of the adoption of a precise, responsive chassis.

The carmaker aimed for Captur to provide the same high standard of passive safety as the New Clio, since both cars are underpinned by the same platform.

Renault’s excellent safety performance was achieved through research on road accidents as well as on the real-world behavior of motorists – all done to develop safety solutions founded on a more holistic, efficient approach.

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