Renault Captur earns five-star rating Euro NCAP

Article by Anita Panait, on May 29, 2013

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.

For a more effective occupant protection, the electronic architecture of Renault Captur was designed to ensure that the crossover’s latest-generation protective systems are triggered even sooner.

In case of a head-on collision, Captur’s front passengers are secured by two high-efficiency airbags and seat belts equipped with pretensioners and load limiters calibrated at 400daN.

Rear occupants are protected by three-point seat belts, plus load limiters for the outer seats. The vehicle’s occupant protection in case of side-on impacts gained an impressive score of 7.9 from 8.

To be able to sense impacts and respond up to twice as fast, Renault installed two impact detection sensors on each side -- one in the front doors and the other in the B-pillars.

A specific algorithm also adjusts the way the vehicle’s head-thorax airbags are deployed to match the gravity of the impact. Combined with the ‘pole’ and ‘rear impact’ tests, the results allowed Renault Captur to gain 32 points from a possible 36 for adult protection.  Captur managed to get a five-star rating even after Euro NCAP implemented more stringent scoring procedure this year.

More than fifty countries will soon be getting Renault’s new crossover. It will also be seen in South Korea with Renault Samsung Motors badging at a later date. The Renault Captur is designed at the Renault Technocenter in Guyancourt, France and manufactured in Valladolid Spain. The Captur raises the bar for quality. One of the most significant challenges in its production is bringing its two-tone paint finishes to the market.

The Captur’s design and high manufacturing standards give this sophisticated appeal. Its powerful yet seductive exterior lines carry over the same aura as the New Clio, and along with the originality of its two-tone paintwork, give a refreshing taste to a broader B-segment audience. The fresh, bright colors of its interior and removable seat covers attract more attention.

Of course, more than its sophisticated façade, the new Renault line-up lives up to its high-quality design, development and manufacturing processes. Just like the New Clio, the Captur serves as Renault’s design ambassador, thus setting high production standards at its Valladolid factory. As this was a challenge to its team, it has provided an opportunity to introduce new levels of visible quality.

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