V40 — safest car ever
THE safest car ever tested by the New Car Assessment Program goes on sale here next month wearing five ANCAP stars.
The new Volvo will debut the world-first pedestrian airbag as standard when it goes on sale here starting under $40,000, as well the company’s automated emergency braking system City Safety, which works at speeds up to 50km/h.
The Volvo V40 is one of the latest group of new cars to be rated five stars for crash-test performance, as well as Subaru’s new Forester SUV and the Opel Corsa light car.
The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) awarded the latest five-star ratings under new requirements for top ranking. ANCAP chief executive Nicholas Clark says ANCAP is setting the bar higher for vehicles to reach each of the star ratings.
‘‘Vehicles rated by ANCAP in 2013 must meet stricter requirements in order to reach the five-star safety standard,’’ he says.
The cars need to reach certain requirements in the physical crash tests but NCAP now requires a minimum range of safety equipment and driver-assistance systems as standard.
Stability control, threepoint seat belts for all forward facing seats, headprotecting side airbags for front seats, front seat belt reminders, emergency braking assistance and three additional safety assist technologies (for example auto-emergency braking, adaptive cruise control or blind spot monitoring) are now required to achieve five stars.
Mr Clark says the V40 was the ‘‘stand-out performer’’ and one of few vehicles to earn a ‘Good’ pedestrian protection rating.
Volvo Cars Australia spokesman Oliver Peagam says the V40 scored the highest-ever rating of any new car tested by Euro NCAP and was also beneficial for pedestrians.
‘‘The airbag has seven sensors in the bumper that can tell the difference between a human leg and a post, it pops the bonnet up by 10mm and the airbag comes out to cover the pillars and the top of the bonnet,’’ he said.
The V40’s European NCAP crash test results were the best ever recorded by the program, including an adult occupant protection result that was the best ever recorded, scoring 98% .
Volvo Cars senior safety adviser Thomas Broberg says the company’s own research shows the risk of being injured in a car crash in- volving a Volvo had been reduced dramatically.
‘‘Our own, extensive accident data base shows that the risk of being injured in one of our latest car models has been reduced with around 50 per cent since the year 2000,’’ he said.
‘‘We keep on moving towards our safety vision that nobody should die or suffer serious injuries in a new Volvo car by the year 2020.’’
The Volvo V40 pedestrian airbag has seven sensors in the bumper that can tell the difference between a human leg and a post
Volvo says the V40 scored the highest-ever rating of any new car tested by Euro NCAP and was also beneficial for pedestrians