Standard autonomous braking and pedestrian protection contribute to top assessment rating from Euro NCAP for the 2015 Volvo XC90.
In recent crash tests undertaken by Euro NCAP New Car Assessment Programme for determining the level of safety of new cars being offered for sale in Europe, the Volvo XC90 was awarded the top score of five stars as well as achieving top ratings for its safety assist technology, which is offered on the car as standard equipment. The XC90 excelled as the first car from any manufacturer to score full points in the Euro NCAP Autonomous Emergency Braking Car to Car rear-end tests (AEB City & AEB Interurban).
Commenting on this success, Volvo’s Senior Vice President of Research & Development, Dr Peter Mertens described the XC90 as one of the safest cars in the world, having achieved a score of 100% in the Safety Assist category during the tests. “From an industry perspective, Volvo Cars remains the leader in car safety innovation and miles ahead of the competition with our standard safety equipment,” said Dr Mertens.
Full marks for Safety Assist
The XC90 scored 100% in the Safety Assist category and is also the first model to achieve the maximum score in the two Autonomous Emergency Braking tests, AEB City & AEB Interurban. The XC90 also features advanced pedestrian protection functionality that independent safety regulators have yet to include in their testing protocols, demonstrating once again how the Swedish carmaker continues to dominate and innovate in the field of car safety.
“We are the first car manufacturer to surpass the criteria that Euro NCAP have applied to the AEB Interurban and City testing procedures. City Safety is one of the most advanced standard crash prevention technologies you can find in a modern car. It addresses vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians in certain situations, day and night,” said Martin Magnusson, Principal Engineer at Volvo Car Group.
With Volvo Cars’ long held “Vision 2020”, the Swedish carmaker aims to deliver cars in which no one is seriously injured or killed by the year 2020. The XC90’s clear five star results in Euro NCAP’s testing is a clear indication of Volvo Cars’ continued innovation with the ultimate goal of creating cars that do not crash.