Volvo is known worldwide to have the safest cars on the road, and a new test by Euro NCAP proves that Volvo isn’t just relying on past success. The all-new European 2013 Volvo V40 has received the top rating of five stars in the Euro NCAP collision test. The announcement by Volvo says the overall result is the best ever recorded by the institute. There is one way to stay on top, and that is to keep getting better. If you want to stay competitive in the automotive world, it’s a must.
Volvo set out with a goal to build a small sedan that had the same safety level as in larger cars. And they achieved that goal with the new 2013 Volvo V40. They achieved the safety rating in four key areas. The four categories are adults occupant protection, child protection, pedestrian protection and safety assist. The V40 scored an overall result that is a record, and the small sedan’s protection for adults was also the best result ever recorded in a test, at an astounding 98 percent.
"A fantastic result. We are very proud to have one of the world's safest cars and we're taking yet another important step toward our 2020 target - that nobody should die or be seriously injured in a Volvo," says Thomas Broberg, Senior Technical Advisor Safety at Volvo Car Corporation.
In a recent press release by Volvo Car Corporation, we reported that Volvo has a very ambitious goal that by the year 2020, nobody should be seriously injured or killed in a new Volvo car. It goes even further and says the companies vision is that no Volvo cars are to be involved in collisions in the future. Read the full report here.
The new Volvo V40 scored maximum points in the safety assist category. The small sedan is packed with safety systems like auto brake, Pedestrian Detection to shield pedestrians, Lane Keeping Aid which helps the driver stay within his or her lane, and BLIS which helps the driver detect vehicles in the offset rear blind spot.
And the V40 set a new record in the pedestrian protection category. It involves the development of a unique pedestrian airbag. Volvo says sensors in the front of the car detect any contact with a pedestrian and then releases the hood hinges and elevates the hood with the help of an airbag. The inflated airbag's cushioning effect combined with the increased distance to the hard components in the engine compartment help protect the pedestrian's head in any impact. The V40 was the first car ever to score maximum points in this area.
Volvo continues to work to improve the safety of their cars. The ongoing research into the reasons behind road accidents and by “gaining in-depth understanding of the results of actual collisions," is why they scored so high says Thomas Broberg. Volvo has found their competitive advantage and continues to build the safest cars on the planet.