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New Corsa aims for top safety rating

18 August 2006

  • Vauxhall predicts class-leading safety
  • New Corsa fitted with host of safety kit
  • Corsa cheaper to insure too

Vauxhall Corsa five door first pics

Vauxhall is predicting the new Corsa will achieve best-in-class safety ratings.

Euro NCAP, the organisation which conducts official crash tests on new cars, is due to announce how the Corsa fared next Friday (August 25). However, Vauxhall's Helmut Ruff says: 'Our internal tests lead us to feel we will be at the front of the segment for safety.'

The new model has longer front overhangs and a taller bonnet line to provide more protection for both occupants and pedestrians.

It has a minimum of two airbags compared with the one in the outgoing model, and six airbags are standard in three of the five trim levels.

The front passenger airbag can be deactivated at the touch of a button when carrying a baby in a rear-facing child seat.

Most models have double belt pre-tensioners that tighten the lap strap as well as the shoulder webbing when the car detects emergency braking.

Electronic brake force distribution, brake assist, cornering brake control and straight-line stability control guarantee maximum stopping power in any emergency stop while preventing wheels from locking up.

The brake lights flash five times a second if the anti-lock brakes cut in at any speed over 18mph, and the hazard warning lights are switched on if the belt pre-tensioners or any of the airbags are triggered.

Anti-skid control is not standard on any model, but is an option for £250.

The new Corsa is also likely to be cheaper to insure than the model it replaces, with the majority of models dropping an insurance group rating.

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