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Euro NCAP today releases the results for five cars in five different vehicle classes: the Daihatsu Cuore, Hyundai i30, Lancia Delta, Renault Koleos and the Mercedes Benz - ML class. Four of these five cars received the maximum five-star award for adult occupant protection. Yet, not one of them achieved higher than a two star score in Euro NCAP's pedestrian rating. Euro NCAP plans to address this concern with the launch of a new rating system in 2009.

When Euro NCAP was established in 1997 the achievement of five stars in adult occupant protection did not even seem possible. Ten years later, out of the 34 car models tested and assessed by Euro NCAP in one year, 97% of them achieve either a four or a five star result. Yet there are still areas of safety that Euro NCAP believes need to be prioritised by manufacturers and where lives could be saved. In comparison to these good adult occupant protection results, no manufacturer achieves a four star result in pedestrian protection. In our tests last year, 67% of models were awarded just two stars in this rating, despite approaching legislation. Euro NCAP is concerned that many manufacturers set out to achieve high scores for adult occupant protection to attract consumers, whilst compromising safety investment in other areas. Euro NCAP believes that consumers are interested in the safety offered to all occupants and also to other road users when they are choosing a new car. For this reason, Euro NCAP is developing a new rating system that will reward the overall safety of a vehicle.

Michiel van Ratingen, Secretary General of Euro NCAP says "I am delighted that more and more manufacturers are achieving five stars in our crash-tests, but it is imperative that Euro NCAP continues to set higher benchmarks for car makers to aspire to. Our new rating system will do this. I have no doubt that manufacturers will step up to the challenge, just as they did when we first started. The creation of new technologies means enhanced safety performance and a potential reduction of fatalities on our roads. We intend to reward those manufacturers that make this their ultimate goal."

The maximum rating in Euro NCAP's new system will continue to be five stars. However, the new overall rating will reflect the protection offered to adult and child occupants as well as pedestrians and will, for the first time, consider the safety potential of advanced driver assistance technologies such as electronic stability control. The assessment of adult occupant protection will be expanded to include whiplash testing.

The first results for vehicles tested under this new rating system will be released in February 2009.

Further details about the new whiplash test and new rating system will be released towards the end of the year.

Of the five cars whose results are released today, four achieved Euro NCAP's maximum five-star rating for Adult Occupant Protection. Only two of the five cars achieved a four star score in Child Occupant Protection.

Results released today are for cars in the categories Supermini, Small Family, Large Family, Small Off-Roader and Large Off-Roader.

Euro NCAP's test results are released on a quarterly basis. Keep checking our website for details of forthcoming results.

For further information please contact: Cordelia Wilson, Communications Manager +32 2 4007746 or email.

Summary of Results

Supermini

Daihatsu Cuore
Adult Occupant Protection: 4 stars
Child Occupant Protection: 3 stars
Pedestrian Protection: 2 stars

Small Family Car

Hyundai i30
Adult Occupant Protection: 5 stars
Child Occupant Protection: 4 stars
Pedestrian Protection: 2 stars

Large Family Car

Lancia Delta
Adult Occupant Protection: 5 stars
Child Occupant Protection: 3 stars
Pedestrian Protection: 2 stars

Small Off-Road 4x4

Renault Koleos
Adult Occupant Protection: 5 stars
Child Occupant Protection: 4 stars
Pedestrian Protection: 2 stars

Large Off-Road 4x4

Mercedes Benz M Class
Adult Occupant Protection: 5 stars
Child Occupant Protection: 3 stars
Pedestrian Protection: 1 stars

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