Euro NCAP: Five stars for four cars - Introduction
'The results show that manufacturers are rising to the challenges of Euro NCAP's new rating scheme and are continuing to make safety a priority,' said Euro NCAP.
The organisation also commented on the fact that the petrol-electric hybrid CR-Z showed that car makers could build a model that focused successfully on both fuel economy and safety.
It also noted that its requirements on Electronic Stability Control had encouraged more widespread fitment of such systems across Europe, with three of the four cars tested having ESC as standard across the Continent. The only exception was the C4, but it still received five stars because sales of cars with ESC as standard are expected to far outstrip those with ESC as an option.
The C4 was also the exception when it came to whiplash protection, because it was the only car to be rated as marginal in this respect. However, it was also the only car rewarded for having an active, driver-set speed-limitation device, which assists drivers in maintaining a safe driving speed.
New testing procedure
In addition, later this year, the organisation will launch a new testing procedure. Called Euro NCAP Advanced, this will assess technology that is beyond the scope of the current tests, such as Lane-Departure Warning and Blind-Spot Monitoring systems.
The scores for these assessments will complement the existing star ratings and will be based on Euro NCAP's assessment of scientific evidence presented by each car maker.
However, the organisation is keen to stress that these ratings will not undermine the existing star rating system, and only cars that have already achieved a three-star rating overall will be eligible for these extra rewards.
The first results of the Euro NCAP Advanced assessment will be announced at the Paris Motor Show on October 1, while the organisation also said that it expected to be able to release crash test results on the first all-electric cars early in 2011.