NEW RATING’S STAR QUALITY
THE latest Euro NCAP ratings come as the organisation broadens its testing to include safetyassist systems.
It has eliminated the previous scoring, which gave a star rating for individual areas including occupant, child and pedestrian safety, in favour of a single five-star measurement.
Euro NCAP already includes a rear-impact test for whiplash but the new rating takes account of electronic stability control and any speed-limitation devices.
It says the overall rating is based on a vehicle’s performance in each of four main areas. Weighted scores are used to arrive at the final rating from a maximum of five stars.
‘‘We acknowledge that this new rating scheme is more challenging,’’ Euro NCAP head Michiel van Ratingen says. ‘‘We call this smart pressure.
‘‘We need to raise the bar, but consider the environment and give carmakers the opportunity to implement the best safety features into their vehicles.’’