Euro NCAP, the organisation dedicated to revealing the safety of new cars, today releases the results for twelve vehicles. Ten of these vehicles achieved Euro NCAP’s maximum award of five stars in the overall rating. However, two of the twelve results released make an important point: the consumer can never be too complacent when it comes to brand loyalty.
Recent surveys1 have shown that one of the top factors influencing a consumer’s choice of vehicle is perception of the reliability of a brand. Results released today by Euro NCAP reveal that some brands can still surprise and disappoint, overturning preconceived ideas of their safety. Chevrolet made headlines in 2006 when the Aveo received a poor one star strikethrough result following a Euro NCAP test. In the past three years, Chevrolet’s safety engineers have clearly made laudable investments in safety. The new Chevrolet Cruze receives a five-star result in Euro NCAP’s new overall rating with an almost perfect Adult Occupant score of 96%. In contrast, Toyota has a string of five star results behind them, including the Avensis and the IQ earlier this year and more recently for the impressive fuel-efficient Prius, but today - the Urban Cruiser, tested as an initiative from a Euro NCAP member, receives a disappointing three-star rating. This was due to a wea! k result of 58% in Adult Occupant Protection.
Dr Michiel van Ratingen, Euro NCAP’s Secretary General says ‘We congratulate Chevrolet. The company has bounced back with two cars that have a commendable level of safety performance. The result from Toyota is disappointing, but in 2010, we predict further results like these as Euro NCAP’s next stage of the rating scheme kicks in and requirements become even tougher. Consumers should check www.euroncap.com when looking to buy a new car and should NOT make presumptions about a car’s safety performance due to the brand it carries. Given Euro NCAP’s test and assessments continually evolve - consumers must also remember to consider the year of test when looking at results.’
Euro NCAP’s top scorers with five star results are the BMW X1, Chevrolet Cruze, Citroën DS3, Infiniti FX, Mazda 3, Mercedes E-Class, Mercedes GLK, Opel Astra, Peugeot 5008 and the Volkswagen Scirocco. The Chevrolet Spark missed out on a five 1 Cars Online 09/10 – Understanding Consumer Buying Behaviour in a Volatile Market Capgemini star award as Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is not fitted as standard on any variant. In contrast ESC is fitted as standard in all variants in the other cars in today’s line-up - a direct result of Euro NCAP’s incentive of points under the new rating scheme.
In this month’s release, the Chevrolet Cruze, the Opel Astra and the Volkswagen Scirocco all have seats and head restraints that offer good whiplash protection.
The Citroën DS3, Infiniti FX, Peugeot 5008 and the Mercedes GLK have driver controlled speed limitation systems fitted as standard or soon to be introduced as standard. These systems greatly assist the driver in maintaining the safest speed according to the driving environment.
Look out for Euro NCAP’s overview of all cars tested in 2009 on the website www.euroncap.com in January.
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|MAKE AND MODEL||YEAR OF TEST||OVERALL SAFETY SCORE|
|BMW X1 (2.0 diesel LHD) ||2009||5 stars|
|CHEVROLET Cruze (1.6 LS LHD)||2009||5 stars|
|CHEVROLET Spark (1.0 LHD)||2009||4 stars|
|CITROËN DS 3 (1.4 petrol LHD)||2009||5 stars|
|INFINITI FX (37 Premium LHD)||2009||5 stars|
|MAZDA 3 (1.6 Touring LHD)||2009||5 stars|
|MERCEDES E- Class (220 CDI LHD)||2009||5 stars|
|MERCEDES GLK (220 CDI LHD)||2009||5 stars|
|OPEL Astra (1.6 LHD)||2009||5 stars|
|PEUGEOT 5008 (1.6 HDI LHD)||2009||5 stars|
|TOYOTA Urban Cruiser (2.0 D-4D RHD)||2009||3 stars|
|VOLKSWAGEN Scirocco (1.4 LHD)||2009||5 stars|
1. Overall ratings should only be compared to other vehicles of similar size and weight. For comparable cars please consult our website www.euroncap.com.
2. From 2009, Euro NCAP’s new overall rating includes Adult Occupant Protection, Child Occupant Protection, Pedestrian Protection and a new area of assessment: Safety Assist. Under the new testing regime, vehicles are awarded a single overall score from one to five stars. The assessment incorporates all previous aspects and includes the recently introduced Rear Impact (Whiplash) tests. In addition, the availability of ESC and speed limitation devices is considered. The overall rating is based on the car’s performance in each of the four main areas and the scores are weighted with respect to each other. Over the next three years, stricter requirements will be introduced increasing the emphasis on all-round safety performance and demanding higher levels of achievement in each area.
3. In 2009 under Euro NCAP’s rating scheme, carmakers require 25% in pedestrian protection to be awarded a five star rating. From 2010, 40% will be required for pedestrian protection and a further 5% required in Adult and Child Occupant protection to achieve the overall maximum star award.
4. Consumers should be aware that results are time dependent, the more recently a car has been tested, the more accurate and up-to-date the results of its safety performance. Only ratings for the year the car was tested apply for older or second-hand cars. These ratings can be considered compromised if the car has been involved in an accident.