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Euro NCAP Adds Autonomous Pedestrian Detection Test [w/Video]

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Euro NCAP announced the introduction of an Autonomous Pedestrian Detection test in order to evaluate how cars equipped with those systems detect and prevent collisions with pedestrians actually perform.

Euro NCAP Tests Audi A4, Honda HR-V & Jazz, And VW Caddy [w/Videos]

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Safety specialists from Euro NCAP released the results of the new Audi A4, Honda HR-V, Honda Jazz and Volkswagen Caddy.

All-New Tucson Tops Latest Euro NCAP Tests, Mazda MX-5 & Opel Karl Get 4 Stars

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Hyundai's brand new Tucson SUV was awarded the maximum five star rating during Euro NCAP's latest round of safety tests, while the Mazda MX-5 and the Opel Karl couldn't secure a perfect rating.

The new generation Tucson achieved high scores in all areas of assessment, showing outstanding all-around safety, especially compared to its predecessor that was tested back in 2006. The new model also featured good safety assist systems, though AEB (Automatic Emergency Braking) technology wasn't included in the final rating.

Further down the safety pecking order came the Mazda MX-5 with its four star rating - which isn't a terrible result, considering that the Audi TT (somewhat of a rival) also didn't score a full five stars.

The MX-5 behaved well in terms of all-round performance, and actually stood out during pedestrian protection tests thanks to its deployable bonnet fitted as standard. One disappointment however was the absence of AEB, where Euro NCAP officials considered that many similarly-priced cars in other segments offer this tech at least as an optional extra.

Finally, the Opel Karl city car (or Vauxhall Viva in the UK) also manged only four stars, despite the fact that its segment isn't well known for excellent safety features.

Euro NCAP technicians also found that during the frontal offset test, the dummy's head bottomed out the airbag and in the side pole impact test, the chest was poorly protected. Another issue with the Karl was that the driver slipped under the seatbelt during full-width rigid barrier testing, resulting in elevated risk at knee and femur injuries.

Even though it did secure four stars, there was a general consensus that with better optimized restraints, the Karl would have looked a bit more impressive.




Maximum Euro NCAP Ratings For Ford’s New S-Max And Galaxy

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Europe’s leading independent crash rating authority, Euro NCAP, has tested Ford’s new Mondeo-based S-Max and Galaxy both which posted top results. They use a combination of high body strength, airbags and crash mitigation tech to gain the maximum five-star score.

All-New XC90 & Q7 Ace Euro NCAP Tests, 7 Other New Models Do Well

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The good people of Euro NCAP released a whole bunch of new ratings ahead of the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, with two luxury SUVs leading the way in the all-new Volvo XC90 and Audi Q7.

All-New Skoda Superb Earns 5-Stars In Euro NCAP Crash Tests [w/Video]

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Skoda's latest flagship model has just passed its rigorous Euro NCAP tests with flying colors, earning a full 5-star rating.

This is Why Footage and Photos from IIHS Look So Good

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The crash test chamber used by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is basically just a giant photo/video studio. It’s been specifically designed with adding light boxes in mind and the general purpose of crashing cars and recording the crashes as accurately as possible for scientific research and public information.

Euro NCAP: Suzuki Vitara, Renault Espace Get 5 Stars, Fiat 500X and Mazda2 Only 4

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Euro NCAP has released the results of its latest crash test session, which included the Fiat 500X, Mazda2, Renault Espace and Suzuki Vitara.

Updated Audi A6 Earns Top Safety Pick+ Rating from IIHS

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has just awarded the revised 2016 Audi A6 its highest Top Safety Pick+ honors. The car’s performance was rated as “stellar,” especially thanks to its better handling of the small overlap crash test.

Ouch...Euro NCAP Tests New Audi TT; Only Awards It Four Stars

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Euro NCAP, the European authority for automobile safety, has just published its results for the all-new Audi TT. Surprisingly, it’s not an accolade-accompanied five-stars, but a more lowly four.

New Skoda Fabia Best in Class in Euro NCAP Tests

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The new Skoda Fabia has achieved the highest score in its class during the 2014 Euro NCAP crash tests, being one of only 14 small cars that managed to score the full 5 stars.

Euro NCAP Announces Safest Cars Tested in 2014

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If you value safety above all else and are looking for something to move you and your family around, Euro NCAP has named its best performing models of the year for you to choose from. These have been split into five categories based on their size and body style.

US NCAP Gives Audi A3 and S3 Sedans 5 Stars

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Audi can't seem to catch a break lately, but in a good way. And in this case we mean that both literally and figuratively as their A3 and S3 sedans scored a 5/5 safety rating.

5 Stars for Renegade and A3 E-Tron in Latest Euro NCAP Session [w/Videos]

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Euro NCAP has released the results of the last safety assessment of the year, which included the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron, Jeep Renegade, Kia Soul and Kia Soul EV.

Euro NCAP Tests 12 New Cars, Corsa, Smart, MINI and Logan Fall Behind

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The latest round of Euro NCAP's safety tests see seven new models including the Porsche Macan and Lexus NX scoring big, and five newcomers falling behind.

BMW 2-Series AT, Nissan Pulsar and Skoda Fabia Get 5-Star Euro NCAP Ratings

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Besides the Tesla Model S, Euro NCAP’s latest crash test session also involved four new models for the European market: the BMW 2-Series Active Tourer, Nissan Pulsar, Skoda Fabia and Suzuki Celerio.

Tesla Model S Achieves Five-Star Rating from Euro NCAP

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The safety credentials of the Tesla Model S were proved by the crash tests carried out in America, and now confirmed across the pond via Euro NCAP.

 The Model S went through the usual barrage of tests and came out the other side with a maximum five-star rating.

Stability Control Now Mandatory for all Euro Vehicles Under 3.5 Tons

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Europe is late to join the mandatory stability control program train, since the US and Canada have had it passed into law since September of 2011. As of November 1, all cars (and vehicles under 3.5 metric tons) intended for sale on the Old Continent need to be fitted with ESP.

Obese Crash Test Dummies Are the Way forward for Car Safety

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Crash test dummies currently come in three major flavors: male, female and child. However, while these do offer some diversity and give context and nuance to results, they don’t cater for the special needs of other (quite numerous) categories such as the obese and elderly.

Citroen C4 Cactus Gets 4 Euro NCAP Safety Stars

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The Citroen C4 Cactus was recently tested by Euro NCAP and despite not receiving any particularly bad marks, one star was detracted from the maximum five-rating.