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Euro NCAP announces five safest cars of 2010

Euro NCAP, the crash test organisation, has announced the five best performing cars of 2010. To be selected as safest cars of their categories, these vehicles achieved a high overall score and attained the coveted five star rating.

The five best 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

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. Worryingly, the poorest results of 2010 were achieved by the Citroen Nemo Multispace with three stars and by the Landwind CV9 which received only two stars, although thankfully the latter isn't available in the UK.

To be a top achiever, a vehicle has to get a high combined score based on the ratings in each of the four areas of Euro NCAP's assessment. In addition to the top five achievers, the Suzuki Swift, Kia Venga, BMW X1, Volkswagen Sharan/SEAT Alhambra and the Citroen C4 all exceeded the 80% mark in overall score putting them on the list of best performing cars of 2010.

"Every year, car manufacturers constantly work to innovate and make their cars better and safer for the driver, whatever the size of the vehicle," commented Dr Michiel van Ratingen, Euro NCAP Secretary General. "The presence in these categories of high performing 5 star cars demonstrates car manufacturers' commitment to safety for all sizes of vehicles," he added

Euro NCAP is now performing Electronic Stability Control tests as part of the overall assessment. Since 2009, Euro NCAP requires ESC systems to be fitted as standard and will from now on be measuring its performance when testing the vehicles. ESC is meant to reduce the number of deaths and injuries resulting from crashes in which the driver loses directional control of the vehicle, including those resulting in vehicle rollover.


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