Smaller cars are getting safer for their occupants - Euro NCAP (The European New Car Assessment Programme) revealed today (25th November 2004).
The organisation, charged with driving 'Car Safety for All', made the announcement at a pan-continental press conference at The Bernabeu Stadium, Madrid.
The conference was hosted by the RACC (Royal Automobile Club Catalonia) in conjunction with soccer giants Real Madrid. Euro NCAP's, Phase 15 results featured The Renault Modus - the first car classed as a supermini to receive the coveted five-star rating for Occupant Protection.
The Citroen C4 - classified as a Small Family Car - performed particularly well in the testing programme, scoring five stars for Occupant Protection, four stars for Child Protection and a creditable three stars for Pedestrian Protection.
The Seat Altea - classified as a Small MPV - is also showing the way forward, scoring five stars for Occupant Protection, four stars for Child Protection and three stars for Pedestrian Protection.
The Citroen C5 - classified as a Large Family Car - performed particularly well in the tests and with a belt reminder fitted to all seating positions underlines the importance of fastening your seat belt.
The Euro NCAP Phase 15 ratings, incorporated 13 new models and one previously tested:
- - Seven received the maximum five star rating for Occupant Safety
- Nine received the maximum four star rating for Child Protection
- No cars received the maximum four star rating for Pedestrian Protection
- Nine cars received merely a one star rating for Pedestrian Protection
The dichotomy between Occupant Protection and Pedestrian Protection ratings particularly stark with the Audi A6, Renault Modus, VW Touareg, and the Citroën C5.
Claes Tingvall, Euro NCAP Chairman, said:
"Manufacturers have realised that the occupants of smaller vehicles demand optimum safety standards. It is not merely a right reserved for those that can afford executive vehicles.
"The Ford Focus, Renault Modus, Citroen C4 and Seat Altea have performed particularly well in terms of Occupant and Child Protection.
"I am particularly delighted that the Citroen C4 and the Seat Altea also offer an enhanced level of protection for Vulnerable Road Users.