Safety tester makes life tougher
EUROPE’S independent crash safety organisation is making the test tougher this year.
The minimum score for pedestrian protection has been raised from 40 per cent to 60 per cent. Euro NCAP says many carmakers will have to improve to meet the new standard.
It tested 53 new vehicles in 2011 in four areas of crash safety. Its category winners, all with the top five star rating, were the Audi Q3 for the small off-road 4x4 category, the Chevrolet Aveo (supermini); Ford Focus (small family class), Mercedes B-class (small mpv) and Volvo V60 (large family car).
The Ford Ranger became the first pick-up to be awarded five stars (with high marks for pedestrian protection) and Nissan’s Leaf was the first electric car with five stars. Models with automatic braking systems included the Ford, Mercedes and the Volvo. Euro NCAP is encouraging more carmakers to fit these systems.
The lowest score went to the Romanian Dacia Duster which was given three stars.
TOP MARKS: Chevrolet Aveo was awarded five stars by Euro NCAP.