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Euro NCAP - toughest safety tests to date

26 April 2018

Euro NCAP continues to set the agenda with new, more demanding challenges on safety technology to help protect vulnerable road users, including the introduction of the first cycling detection test for AEB.

The 5 star result for the new Nissan LEAF published on 25 Apri l echoes the success of the original LEAF introduced in 2011 – the first all-electric car rated 5 stars by Euro NCAP.  With consumers turning away from conventional engines, especially diesel, and car manufacturers investing heavily in electric and hybrid vehicles, it is crucial that advancements in safety are not compromised by new powertrain systems.  The Nissan LEAF comes with many new safety features and demonstrates that environmental friendliness need not come at the expense of improved safety – the safety of those inside the car and those who share road-space with it.

The LEAF is the first car to be assessed against Euro NCAP’s improved and extended protocols for 2018.  As road casualty numbers plateau, more action is needed to ensure that new vehicles offer the latest and best safety technology.  For this reason, 2018 sees the introduction of a raft of new tests in Euro NCAP’s assessments , addressing key crash scenarios involving cars, pedestrians and now also the growing number of cyclists