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Euro NCAP releases #safety ratings of six new cars today. Four of those have achieved five stars: the much talked about #Tesla #model3, the new Škoda #scala, the #MercedesBenz B-Class and the latest #gle from the same stable. The new #Kia #cee'd and #crossover #SUV #ds3crossback rated four stars with equipment offered as standard but both make it into five stars territory when equipped with an optional #safety pack.
The #Tesla #model3 made a strong debut with a perfect score in the frontal offset deformable barrier crash test, a mainstay of Euro NCAP’s assessment since its inception in 1997. Its performance in the #safety Assist tests particularly impressed, thanks to its superb driver assistance systems like lane support, speed assist and autonomous emergency braking. The Tesla’s 94 percent score in 2019 #safety Assist tests is the best yet under Euro NCAP’s most recent protocol.
Another novice, Škoda’s new #scala, positioned between consumer favourites Fabia and Octavia, just pips the #model3 in overall crash performance, with a 97 percent score in Adult Occupant Protection. This firmly puts the #scala amongst the top small-family cars tested by #euroncap for this part of the assessment, along with the recently tested #MercedesBenz A-Class and #Mazda3.
With B-Class and #gle ratings, #MercedesBenz is continuing its winning streak with its 10th and 11th solid 5-star result since 2014, underscoring that its #safety reputation still is non-negotiable. Potential buyers of the #Kia #cee'd and #ds3crossback should inquire about the optional #safety equipment on offer as #euroncap tests have shown that their respective “Advanced Driver Assistance” and “Active #safety Brake” packs will deliver better real-world #safety performance.
Michiel van Ratingen said, “It’s great to see cars doing so well. Our tests get tougher and tougher, and cars continue to perform well, which means that car-buyers are getting an ever-safer range of vehicles to choose from. Next year, we up the ante again, with better tests of driver-assistance systems, a completely new frontal crash test and more attention to protection in side crashes. These new tests should help to make the roads safer for everyone”.
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