2011 Best in Class Vehicles: Euro NCAP image

Euro NCAP declared that it will raise the minimum 40% safety score to 60%, introducing stricter safety standards for cars in the pedestrian segment.

As we all know Euro NCAP offers motoring consumers an independent and realistic assessment of the safety performance given by some of the most popular cars sold on the European market.
The company made public a list with 53 cars from the European market, from which 11 achieved four stars. The lowest result was achieved by Dacia Duster (only three stars).

The top achievers per category are:

• Small off-road 4×4 category: Audi Q3
• Supermini category: Chevrolet Aveo
• Small Family category: Ford Focus
• Small MPV category: Mercedes B Class
• Large Family category: Volvo V60

Chevrolet Malibu, Mercedes M Class,Toyota Yaris, Lexus CT200h, Opel Zafira Tourer, Hyundai ix20, BMW X1 and Ford Ranger (the only pickup tested in 2011 by Euro NCAP).

The organization also tested the electric cars, which are increasing on Europe’s roads. These cars are tested as the gasoline ones, plus special attention paid to the battery safety after a crash. The Nissan LEAF was the one that received five stars.

“With Euro NCAP Advanced, we have already recognized a number of technologies offering safety benefits to consumers.

The safety case for AEB systems is very strong and we are therefore strongly encouraging manufacturers to increase the availability of such systems on new cars.

We are well underway to add the assessment of these systems to the overall rating and to make these systems a requirement for five stars in the future,” said Dr Michiel van Ratingen, Euro NCAP Secretary General.