Safety tester makes life tougher

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - NEWS -

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.

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