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The Nissan Leaf is the first EV in Europe that received a five star rating from the prestigious Euro NCAP organization. The car got an 89% rating for adult safety, 83% for child protection and 84% for the on-board safety-assist systems, including the speed limited and the ESC – Electronic Stability Control.

As far as the pedestrian safety is concerned, the car got a 65% rating which is pretty good in comparison to other tested models. The Leaf was able to achieve this good score thanks to its low nose design and the comparative lack of “hard points” under the hood, at least that’s what Nissan says. The automaker added that the vehicle’s 48 lithium-ion batteries, which have been installed in a special compartment located under the rear seats, “completely withstood all the impacts.”

Besides the Nissan Leaf, other cars that managed to grab all the five stars were the Volvo V60 (obtaining 100% for its Safety Assist), Peugeot 508, Citroen DS4, Ford Focus and the Lexus CT200h.

Starting with next year, three of these cars will not be able to get the five-star rating due to the reason that Euro NCAP’s pedestrian protection scores will increase from the current 40% to 60%.

Source: Euro NCAP via AutoCar

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It was bound to happen sooner or later; Euro NCAP tested the first plug-in EV. The Mitsubishi i-MiEV is only the first of a series of EV crash-tests planned for 2011. Along with the i-MiEV, the European safety institute also tested other five conventional cars: the Nissan Juke, Mitsubishi ASX, Hyundai ix20, BMW X1 and the Dacia Duster.

The Mitsubishi i-MiEV managed to obtain an overall four star rating, just like its siblings – the Peugeot iOn and the Citroen C-Zero; all of them have the same design and safety equipment. Euro NCAP judged this result as “creditable.”

This EV was put to just about the same tests as a conventional car. Euro NCAP gave special attention to the car’s battery integrity after the moment of the crash and the functioning of the battery cut-off switch that isolates the high-voltage battery in the event of an accident. The good news is that no fire or electrical hazards were detected while testing the Mitsubishi i-MiEV.

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As we mentioned before, other cars were tested and all of them got a five star rating, except for the Dacia Duster, a Romanian SUV. The car got only three stars mainly because it scored only 28% in pedestrian protection and 29% for safety assist. Despite these low ratings, the Duster offers more protection to adult passengers than the Mitsubishi (74% vs. 73%), and the child protection was at the same level – 78%.

Source: Euro NCAP

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After seeing the results from the IIHS in terms of the safety ratings for the newest cars launched on the North American market, the independent organization EuroNCAP has also revealed its results from the crash tests it conducted with the new models from the old continent.

Out of the 12 new cars tested, 10 of them managed to score a perfect 5 stars of out 5 for their safety precautions. Props go to the new Chevrolet Cruze, which managed to score a 96% safety rating for its inhabitants, with high marks also going to the Opel Astra, BMW X1, Citroen DS3, Infiniti FX, Mazda3, Mercedes E-Klasse, Mercedes GLK, Peugeot 5008 si VW Scirocco.

The two cars which didn’t manage to get the highest safety rating were the new Chevrolet Spark, which could’ve gotten it if ESP was standard on all of its versions, and the Toyota Urban Cruiser, which managed a 56% safety rating for its inhabitants, scoring only three stars

Overall, in case safety is your primary concern, these new results from the EuroNCAP will definitely help you in the hunt for a new car.


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Here are the results from the latest crash tests made by Euro NCAP. Both the Volkswagen Tiguan and the Ford Mondeo had the same performances, scoring 5-stars ratings at adult protection, 4-stars for child protection and 2-stars for pedestrian protection.

Also tested were the Hyundai i30 and the Volkswagen Caddy ‘Maxi’, both receiving 4-stars ratings.

Remember that the Ford Mondeo and the Hyundai i30 are contestants in our European “Car of the Year” Competition.

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A couple of days ago we announced that the Peugeot 308 and the Kia Cee’d achieved a 5-stars rating at Euro NCAP tests. Now another car got 5-stars rating, somehow surprising, it is the new Fiat 500. Now I find this really weird, I mean, either the little guy is really good or there’s something wrong with the NCAP tests. I mean, where’s so much safety coming from? I mean if an Escalade ‘bumps’ into your Fiat 500, my guess is that you can kiss your 5-star ass goodbye.

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Latest Euro NCAP tests had some pretty interesting results. First of all, it’s the first time Kia achieves a 5-star rating, the Cee’d having an overall score of 34 points. Second of all, Peugeot’ proves once again that it makes some of the safest cars on the streets, with the new 308 joining Peugeot’s 1007, 207 and 407 5-stars rating. In the child protection tests both models were awarded with 4 out 5 stars while in pedestrian protection, the Cee’d got a mediocre 2-star rating (out of 4) and the Peugeot a 3 star rating.

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