The European agency for automotive safety, EuroNCAP announced the highest-scoring vehicles of 2010 in five categories. To be selected as safest cars of their categories, these vehicles achieved a high overall score and attained the coveted five star rating.
The winning car in the executive category was the BMW 5-series, winner of the small family category went to the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, supermini category was won by the Honda CR-Z, small off-road winner was the Kia Sportage and the best in class in the small MPV category was the Toyota Verso.
In 2010, EuroNCAP crash tested twenty nine vehicles, 65% of which reached the five star rating, compared to 90% in 2009.
Euro NCAP boss Michiel van Ratingen says the 25 per cent decrease illustrates their criteria.
“The presence in these categories of high-performing five-star cars demonstrates car manufacturers’ commitment to safety for all sizes of vehicles,” he says.
Of the 29 vehicles crash-tested over the year the unwanted prizes of worst performers went to the Citroen Nemo, which clocked up three stars, and the Landwind CV9, the first Chinese car tested and scoring only two stars.
The Landwind CV9 has been named as the least safe car of 2010 by crash testers Euro NCAP after it scored just two stars out of a possible five.