LET'S be clear about this, no-one wants to be involved in an accident, especially on a motorcycle.
However, the Euro NCAP figures have been released and show the best-performing cars from 2010. No-one wants to hit any car but if you hit one of these, you might spill a bit of the driver's Starbucks Latte and that's about it.
Last year, Euro NCAP crash tested twenty nine vehicles, 65% of which reached the five star rating, compared to 90% in 2009. This decrease of 25% clearly shows that Euro NCAP’s criteria to reach a five stars are now tougher. While Euro NCAP’s poorest results of 2010 were achieved by the Citroen Nemo with three stars and by the Landwind CV9 which received only two stars, the top achievers by category are:
* Executive category: BMW 5 Series
* Small Family category: Alfa Romeo Giulietta
* Supermini category: Honda CR-Z
* Small off-road 4×4 category: Kia Sportage
* Small MPV category: Toyota Verso
To be top achiever means that the car accomplished a high combined score based on the scores in each of the individual four areas of Euro NCAP’s assessment, while notably exceeding the thresholds for a 5 star overall rating. In addition to the top five achievers, the Suzuki Swift, Kia Venga, BMW X1, VW Sharan/Seat Alhambra, Citroen C4 all exceeded the 80% mark in overall score putting them on the list of best performing cars of 2010.
Dr Michiel van Ratingen, Euro NCAP Secretary General says: “Every year, car manufacturers constantly work to innovate and make their cars better and safer for the driver, whatever the size of the vehicle. The presence in these categories of high performing 5 star cars demonstrates car manufacturers’ commitment to safety for all sizes of vehicles.”