V40 — safest car ever

NT News - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE - By STU­ART MARTIN

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

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