Latest Results Euro NCAP crash test in which the dtest involved, bringing more vehicles with the maximum number of stars. As it is shown, not all car manufacturers are ready to tighten assessment in 2012.
Best "five-star" vehicles from the newly tested became Audi A6, BMW X3, the Chevrolet Aveo and Orlando, Citroen DS5, the Hyundai i40, the Opel Ampera, Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet and Jetta.
The only car to receive only four stars, became the Kia Picanto, which is a worse result than that achieved by competitive urban vehicle. Kia Picanto All models are those equipped with Electronic Stability Program ESP.
Historically, the second tested electric car became the Opel Ampera, which received the full five stars, with optimal balance and body structure, interior and restraint systems gained maximum points for protection in a side impact pole.
Chevrolet Aveo and Orlando scored in the protection of passengers and protect the spine during the return impact (whiplash - bullwhip effect).
The results demonstrate the efforts made to improve the safety, given that the previous model Aveo, tested in 2006, received the protection of occupants only two stars.
Some vehicles received high ratings for the protection of children in car seats. Hyundai i40 and Volkswagen Jetta and Golf Cabriolet obtained in this test score of 86%.
Even though the protection of passengers and children annually improving pedestrian protection in the event of a car accident is still weak and difficult place. Although the Opel Ampera, Audi A6 and Citroën DS5 gained full five stars, more stringent criteria for 2012 would be fulfilled. "In 2012, in order to achieve the overall desired rating of five stars for pedestrian protection score of 60%. This limit can be exceeded now only very few cars, among them the recently tested Ford Focus. We believe that the vehicles safer for pedestrians will increase, "says Vaclav Benes, test manager dtest magazine.
Crash tests of ten newly tested vehicles can be found for free on www.dtest.cz / crash tests , along with detailed results of the 407 vehicles tested in the past.
OSS TEST (magazine dtest) is the official representative of the Euro NCAP initiative for the Czech and Slovak Republics.
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