Mazda3 gets maximum marks

Thu, 26 Nov 2009
The new Mazda3 has become the second of the manufacturer's models to be awarded the maximum five-star rating in the European New Car Assessment (Euro NCAP) safety tests.

Just recently, it was confirmed that assessors for the scheme would be working with a stricter evaluation system, with new cars given an overall rating taken from four separate areas of performance.

It is intended that this will give consumers buying a car straight from the showroom a clearer picture of overall safety.

However, such strict new rules turned out to be no problem for the Mazda3, which scored top marks in the areas of adult occupant protection, child protection, safety assist and pedestrian protection.

The new car therefore joins the Mazda6 in the elite group of vehicles to have achieved a maximum Euro NCAP score.

At the same time, it has been confirmed that the new Vauxhall Astra has also achieved a five-star rating, with assessors giving its active head restraints, which are designed to protect drivers and passengers against whiplash, their highest-ever score.

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