All-new Mazda CX-5 receives highest 5-star safety rating from Euro NCAP

Article by Christian A., on May 24, 2012

The all-new CX-5 from Mazda has received the highest five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP, officially certifying the vehicle to be one of the safest in the world. The compact crossover SUV was made available for sale in the United Kingdom earlier this month. It received top scores in all four safety categories.

Specifically, vehicle's score for adult occupant protection was 94% while its child occupant protection rating was 87%. For the safety assist systems score, the CX-5 received 86%. These ratings were well above thresholds of 80%, 75% and 60% necessary in each category to obtain the maximum five stars.

The automaker's latest model was able to achieve the maximum safety rating even if it was being subject to the higher pedestrian protection standards set by Euro NCAP in 2012 -- a factor wherein automobiles must now hit at least a 60% mark.

CX-5 is the third Mazda model, next to Mazda3 and Mazda6, to attain five stars from Euro NCAP since the launch of its new rating system in 2009. The scores per category will depend on various crash tests, such as a 64km/h (40mph) frontal collision, 29km/h (18mph) pole side impact, 40km/h (25mph) simulated pedestrian impact and 50km/h (31mph) vehicle-to-vehicle side impact.

Among other passive and active safety measures, Euro NCAP also assessed the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system of the CX-5. This is the equivalent of Mazda to electronic stability control (ESC). The CX-5 is a first in Mazda's new-generation models.

It is the first model to be equipped with the innovative new SKYACTIV body. With the goal of developing the ideal vehicle body, the automaker's engineers went back to the basics, rethinking the fundamental principles of materials, structure and manufacturing methods.

Mazda wanted its entry into the competitive compact crossover SUV segment to not only look like one, but it also had to evoke passion worthy of a Mazda. Introducing the new KODO – Soul of Motion design ethos, the new CX-5 is the first production car built by its concepts of powerful beauty and nature in motion. The Mazda CX-5 epitomises balancing design and execution.

The 2010 concept car Mazda Shinari, a four-door sports coupe, was the first to express KODO, followed by the concept Minagi. Also, a crossover compact SUV, the Minagi laid the foundation for the CX-5. Beginning now with the CX-5, KODO will symbolise Mazda’s new generation’s design of stronger, faster, and more poignant.

Full of life, feeling, and agility, KODO strongly resembles the essentials in animal movements. The CX-5 design team specifically scrutinised the fastest land animal, the cheetah, perceiving how its entire body is used as a spring, thrusting in motion astounding energy but remains graceful and agile. This inspired the designers to arrive at the next level of KODO for the SUV’s look.

They created a sophisticated exterior that, while expressing SUV sturdiness and functionality, boldly projects an elegant sense of motion and the anticipation of an exhilarating drive.

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MAZDA CX-5 EARNS FIVE STARS FROM EURO NCAP

Mazda’s all-new CX-5 is officially one of the safest cars in the world after receiving five-stars – the highest possible safety rating – from Euro NCAP.

The CX-5, a compact crossover SUV that went on sale in the UK earlier this month, achieved top marks in all four safety categories*. Its grades for adult occupant protection, child occupant protection and safety assist systems (94 percent, 87 percent and 86 percent respectively) were well above the 80 percent, 75 percent and 60 percent thresholds required in each category to collect the maximum five stars. Mazda’s latest model attained the maximum safety rating despite being subject to the higher pedestrian protection standards introduced by Euro NCAP in 2012, an area in which vehicles must now score at least 60 percent.

After the Mazda3 and Mazda6, the CX-5 is the third Mazda model to earn five stars from Euro NCAP since the introduction of its new rating system in 2009. The scores in each category are determined based on several crash tests, including a 64km/h (40mph) frontal collision, 50km/h (31mph) vehicle-to-vehicle side impact, 29km/h (18mph) pole side impact, and 40km/h (25mph) simulated pedestrian impact. Among other active and passive safety measures, Euro NCAP also evaluated the CX-5’s Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system, Mazda’s equivalent to electronic stability control (ESC).

The first of a new generation of Mazda models, the CX-5 is the first equipped with the innovative new SKYACTIV body. With the aim of developing the ideal car body, Mazda’s engineers went back to the drawing board, rethinking the fundamental principles of structure, materials and manufacturing methods.

As a result, high-tensile steels comprise 61 percent of the body. In particular, beams inside the front and rear bumpers are made from 1,800 MPa ultra high-tensile steel – the strongest ever used in a production car. The Mazda CX-5 therefore not only delivers superior crash safety, but is also extremely lightweight. Mazda plans to use the SKYACTIV body in all of its new-generation products.

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