New cars safer according to latest NCAP results

26 November 2002 #SMMT News

The latest NCAP results have highlighted the safety gains made by car makers. Four cars achieved a maximum five star rating for occupant protection, and for the first time, one of those five star cars is a small family car.

New models in the supermini segment, one of the most popular in the UK, also fared well with three models reaching four stars for occupant safety and two for pedestrian protection.

Commenting on the news, SMMT chief executive, Christopher Macgowan said,

‘These results show the continuing efforts by the automotive industry to produce safer models, and with further protective technology being engineered into vehicles we can expect this to be a continuing trend.’

He continued, ‘Euro NCAP still does not recognise the full range of technology employed by car makers. Active safety measures, such as assisted braking and stability controls, are now common place and have a significant part to play in reducing casualty numbers. Active measures are not reflected in these tests.’

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