Euro NCAP released the safety
ratings of two new cars. Both Volvo’s
new small off-roader, the XC40, and the latest version of Ford’s small family
car, the Focus, achieved a maximum five-star rating. The XC40 scored 97 percent for adult occupant
protection, putting it amongst the top five cars for this aspect of safety
tested by Euro NCAP in the last three years.
The Volvo XC40 was launched in
India recently. But it is in the area of
active safety and Vulnerable Road User protection that both cars impress
most. Both XC40 and the Focus are equipped
with an autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system that detects cyclists as well
as pedestrians. The Volvo also has
emergency lane keeping (ELK) technology that acts in emergency situations to
help stop the car leaving the road or from being steered into the path of
Michiel van Ratingen,
Secretary General of Euro NCAP,said, “It’s good to see that manufacturers, both
in the premium sector and the volume market, are responding to our tough new
requirements introduced in 2018 by fitting technologies that will save lives.
“Technologies like AEB and ELK
deliver immediate safety benefits but they are also enabling technologies for
the autonomous vehicles of the future.
Euro NCAP’s roadmap sets a series of demanding tests for each of these ‘milestone’
technologies seeking to ensure that their performance saves lives today as well
Volvo Car India adds:
This means the XC40 joins its
larger siblings in the 60 and 90 series as one of the safest cars on the roads.
The 2018 Euro NCAP testing was the toughest ever with new and more demanding
challenges on safety technology, including cyclist-detection with auto-brake
and emergency lane keeping systems. Overall, the new XC40 received the highest
safety score among all cars tested under the new regime.
“The new XC40 is one of the
safest cars on the market,” said Malin Ekholm, head of Volvo Cars Safety
Centre. “It comes standard with the largest offering of safety technology of
any small SUVs, helping drivers detect and avoid collisions, remain safely in
their lane and reduce the impact of accidentally running off the road,” he
All tested Volvo cars on sale
today have received five stars in their respective Euro NCAP assessments. Last
year, the XC60 was crowned the overall best-performing large off-roader and the
best overall performer in the prestigious Euro NCAP 2017 Best in Class safety
awards. The XC90 received the same accolade in 2015.
In March, the XC40 was named
2018 European Car of the Year, the first Volvo to win the prestigious award,
and it has since been one of Volvo’s top sellers. The company announced in May
that it would expand production in its manufacturing facilities in both Europe
and China to meet the overwhelming demand for the car.
Source: Euro NCAP
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