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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.’’

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