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Bonnet deformation helps protect vulnerable road users in collisions

Centre air bags and protection for vulnerable road users impress testers at EuroNCAP laboratory

The European consumer protection institute Euro NCAP has awarded the BMW X1 Sports Activity Vehicle as well as the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer the highest rating of five stars. Both vehicles provided outstanding occupant protection in collisions of various types, effective protection for pedestrians and cyclists, and effective accident avoidance systems.

The latest generation of front collision warning with braking function provides an additional plus in safety in urban traffic. It can now also detect pedestrians and cyclists approaching parallel to the lane from behind or in front when turning left, effectively helping to avoid a collision with vulnerable road users. In addition, the new system warns of oncoming traffic when turning right. All of the driver assistance systems used in the X1 and BMW 2 Series are among the best on the market and made an impression during the tests with their range of functions and reliable level of response.

In terms of passive safety, both models feature a centre airbag between the driver and front passenger seats as standard. This system, used for the first time in BMW models in the compact segment, was rated to be extremely effective in the test. It is the latest component of the BMW integrated safety concept, which is being advanced constantly and which, in addition to highly resilient support structures and precisely designed deformation paths, also includes a model-specific combination of precisely coordinated restraint systems.

In various collision tests, this integrated safety concept proved to guarantee a high level of protection against injury at all times in both models, regardless of the size and seating position of the occupants.

To reduce the risk of injury to pedestrians and cyclists, the engine compartment lids are raised on impact by means of pyrotechnic actuators to create additional deformation space between them and the hard components underneath.

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