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Euro NCAP ‘Best in Class’ winners for 2018 revealed

Euro NCAP has announced the 2018 ‘Best in Class’ winners, reflecting those vehicles that have received the highest safety scores in recognition of their stand-out protection.

The fuel cell powered Hyundai Nexo is one of the latest vehicles to receive a five-star Euro NCAP rating

The fuel cell powered Hyundai Nexo was one of the latest vehicles to receive a five-star Euro NCAP rating

This year’s titles saw the Mercedes-Benz A-Class take the title for Small Family Cars while the Lexus ES was the best all-round performer in the Large Family Car category and the Hyundai Nexo was the best of the Large Off-Roaders.

The Lexus ES also claimed Euro NCAP’s new award for best-performing hybrid or electric car in the 2018 season of safety testing.

Euro NCAP secretary general Michiel van Ratingen said: “In 2018 we introduced tough new tests, with a particular focus on Vulnerable Road User protection. The three Best in Class award winners this year all clearly demonstrate that car-makers are striving for the highest levels of protection and that Euro NCAP’s assessments are a catalyst for these crucial safety improvements.

“Euro NCAP put automated driving technology to the test in 2018 for the first time and our findings helped clarify some of the confusion motoring consumers are currently experiencing. Assisted driving systems can bring safety and convenience benefits but full automation is a long way off. We will follow and assess these developments closely and ensure that consumers have all the information they need when considering these new driver technologies.

“In the meantime our assessment Road Map presents some important challenges for vehicle manufacturers in the years ahead and we hope that all car-makers will rise to this opportunity as Mercedes-Benz, Lexus and Hyundai have done this year.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.