Top rat­ings for Volk­swa­gen up! and Bee­tle

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The over­all pack­ages of oc­cu­pant, child and pedes­trian pro­tec­tion and the safety as­sis­tance sys­tems in­stalled in Volk­swa­gen’s up! and the new gen­er­a­tion Bee­tle have been awarded a five-star rat­ing by the Euro­pean consumer pro­tec­tion or­gan­i­sa­tion, Euro NCAP (Euro­pean New Car As­sess­ment Pro­gramme).

In oc­cu­pant pro­tec­tion, both ve­hi­cles at­tained top re­sults in all seat po­si­tions and re­gard­less of the sizes of the driver and front pas­sen­ger.

Fac­tored into the rat­ing were re­sults of frontal and side im­pact tests, a pole side im­pact test and what is known as a whiplash test – which de­ter­mines loads to the cer­vi­cal spine of the neck. Both small Volk­swa­gen cars achieved ex­cel­lent child pro­tec­tion re­sults with dum­mies rep­re­sent­ing 18 month and three-year old chil­dren.

The up! and Bee­tle also at­tained im­pres­sive re­sults in the area of safety equip­ment. Here, Euro NCAP rated the seat­belt re­minders for all seats and use of a ve­hi­cle dy­namic con­trol sys­tem (ESP) as es­pe­cially pos­i­tive. The up! also re­ceived the Ad­vanced Award for its City Emer­gency Brak­ing func­tion.

The op­tional City Emer­gency Brak­ing is au­to­mat­i­cally ac­tive at speeds be­tween five and 30 km/h, and it utilises a laser sen­sor (in­te­grated in the up­per part of the wind­screen) to scan an area of up to 10 m in front of the up! and de­tect the risk of an im­pend­ing col­li­sion.

If a col­li­sion is about to oc­cur with a ve­hi­cle mov­ing in the driv­ing di­rec­tion or with a sta­tion­ary ob­ject with­out the driver re­act­ing, first the brak­ing sys­tem is pre­con­di­tioned, and in a sec­ond stage the hy­draulic brake as­sis­tant is switched to a more sen­si­tive level. De­pend­ing on the sit­u­a­tion, City Emer­gency Brak­ing might then ini­ti­ate hard brak­ing to a stop as a third stage or sup­port the driver with full brak­ing power if brake pedal pres­sure is in­suf­fi­cient.

De­pend­ing on the ve­hi­cle’s speed and the par­tic­u­lar sit­u­a­tion, the emer­gency brak­ing func­tion with its au­to­matic brake in­ter­ven­tion can re­duce the sever­ity of ac­ci­dents and in some cases avoid a col­li­sion al­to­gether.

For more info on the up! call into Dar­ryl Twitt Volk­swa­gen, Be­nalla Road Shep­par­ton. Or call Peter on 5822 5844.

The up! re­ceived the Ad­vanced Award for its City Emer­gency Brak­ing func­tion

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