Crash safety organisation Euro NCAP has released its latest batch of results, with some surprising scores for the six new cars that have undergone the battery of crash simulations.
Leading the pack was the Volkswagen Sportsvan, which scored a the full five stars. The compact MPV was the only car to score maximum marks after the organisation changed its scoring procedure to deny cars a fifth star if they are not fitted with autonomous emergency braking devices.
Such devices, which are increasingly being fitted as standard by manufacturers uses radar technology to scan the road for potential obstacles, and can automatically apply the brakes, avoiding a collisions altogether if the vehicle is travelling slow enough.
The Ford Tourneo Courier was awarded four stars and scored high marks for both adult and child occupant protection, though without the autonomous emergency braking system fitted, only scored half the available points in the safety assist category.
The four remaining cars, all of which scored three stars were: the Citroen C-Elysee, Peugeot 301, MG3 and Renault Megane hatch.
The news is likely to be disappointing to the respective manufacturers, particularly the likes of Renault, which has normally prided itself on obtaining the maximum points possible.
Click play below to watch clips of some of the tests in action.
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June 25, 2014