Euro NCAP website goes multi-lingual
The organisation highlights that there are over 500 million consumers in the 27 European Member States. There are 20 official languages as well as 60 other indigenous and non-indigenous languages spoken over the European geographical area.
As a result, the Euro NCAP website at www.euroncap.com is being launched in Dutch and French, with Catalan, German, Italian, Polish, Spanish and the Swedish to be added in the following months.
Dr Michiel van Ratingen, secretary general of Euro NCAP, said: 'This is one more step in Euro NCAP's long-term objective to provide information on the safety performance of today's cars to every consumer in Europe. Information is power and this power will ensure consumers can protect themselves when they drive.'
Euro NCAP has also issued the results for the safety performance of three cars – the BMW 5 Series, Alfa Romeo Giulietta and Mazda CX-7, which gained overall ratings of five stars for the BMW and Alfa and four stars for the Mazda.
Of these three cars, the BMW 5 Series achieved the highest result in pedestrian protection with a respectable 78%, helped by its active bonnet. The 5 Series also scored 100% in Safety Assist as the car has electronic stability control fitted as standard, seatbelt reminders in the front and rear, as well as a driver set speed limitation device.
Also tested was the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, which performed best for adult protection and child protection, with scores of 97% and 85% respectively. Euro NCAP noted that the Giulietta is equipped with a reactive seat and head restraint offering good protection. The BMW seat and head restraint also provides good protection against whiplash injuries in the event of a rear impact. The Mazda CX-7 offered poor protection against whiplash.