Euro NCAP, Europe’s leading independent crash test organisation, has confirmed that the Peugeot 1007 becomes the highest scoring car ever in all classes for adult occupant protection. The Peugeot is also Best in the Super Mini Class and is one of seven cars to be awarded the coveted five star adult occupant rating. Other crashworthiness results for executive cars, family cars, small family cars, super-minis and small MPV’s will be launched at a press conference today (28 June) in Stockholm co-hosted by Euro NCAP and the Swedish Road Administration (SRA).

‘Best in Class’ awards for adult occupant protection were also announced for the Lexus GS300 (executive) and Mercedes A-Class (small family). Seven cars have achieved the four star Euro NCAP rating for child protection. While Honda’s FR-V and Suzuki’s Swift are awarded the three star Euro NCAP rating for pedestrian protection.

In this phase, intelligent seat belt reminders for rear seat occupants have been introduced by Peugeot in their 1007 and by Mercedes in their A-Class. Two cars reported on in earlier phases, the Renault Laguna and Renault Vel Satis have had their Seat Belt Reminder systems extended to cover the Front Passenger. All of this is significant, as increased seat belt wearing rates are essential if we are to maximise the enormous safety gains achieved by Euro NCAP over recent years and save the 7,000 fatalities attributed to non-belt use in Europe.

Claes Tingvall, Euro NCAP Chairman said: “It is gratifying to see that more than half of the cars tested in this phase achieved the top five star rating for adult occupant protection and that three of the cars achieved the ‘Best in Class’ accolade, giving Europe’s car buyers a wider range of safe cars than ever before to choose from.

“I am encouraged to see that more cars than ever are achieving the four Star Child Protection rating, when the recommended restraint is used. This is a very welcome development, but it is important to note that the rating applies only to the car in combination with the particular restraint used.

“Many manufacturers are now focussed on pedestrian protection and are making a good deal of progress in improving protection for pedestrians and other vulnerable road users, although some are still lagging behind.

“I would urge all manufacturers to use the Best in Class as their bench mark and for everyone to redouble their efforts in this important safety area.

“All but one of the cars was fitted with some form of seat belt reminder and I am delighted to see the increased fitment of belt reminders for all seating positions.

” Many cars can now be purchased with Stability Control. Accident research has shown that such systems help the driver maintain control of the car and the research shows that if all cars in Europe were fitted with stability control, thousands of lives could be saved. The benefits are large enough for Euro NCAP to strongly recommend all car buyers to choose a car with stability control.”

Summary of Results

SuperminisOccupant ProtectionChild ProtectionPedestrian Protection
Peugeot 10075 stars3 stars2 star
Renault Clio5 stars4 stars1 star
Citro├źn C14 stars3 stars2 star
Suzuki Swift4 stars3 stars3 star
smart forfour4 stars2 stars1 star
Small Family Cars
Mercedes A-Class5 stars4 stars2 stars
Fiat Stilo4 stars4 stars1 stars
Dacia Logan3 stars3 stars1 star
Family Cars
BMW 3-Series5 stars4 stars1 star
VW Passat5 stars4 stars2 stars
Executive Cars
Lexus GS3005 stars4 stars2 star
Small MPVs
Opel/Vauxhall Zafira5 stars4 stars2 stars
Honda FR-V4 stars3 stars3 stars