What Car? Car of the Year 2016 Safety Award
With Volvo’s long standing reputation you’d expect them to be a contender for any safety award, however the XC90 in particular has proved to be head and shoulders above the rest with its high levels of active and passive safety making it Euro NCAP’s highest scoring car ever.
With the XC90 Volvo have really raised the bar, going beyond what is currently part of the standard safety evaluation to offer a unique package of safety features including pedestrian and cyclist recognition auto braking, run-off road protection and rear collision alert. Clearly the safest car on sale today and the best we’ve seen yet – a deserved winner.
Nick Connor, Managing Director of Volvo Car UK said: “Volvo is at the forefront of automotive safety – in fact, it is our vision that no-one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo by 2020. The XC90’s innovative IntelliSafe safety features are designed to keep you, your family and other road users safe from harm – and the fact that this technology is fitted as standard to every XC90 means that you don’t have to pay a penny extra to get the safest car on the road.”
The Honda Jazz is a great example of how good levels of safety can be offered, regardless of vehicle size and budget. For under £14k the Jazz gets you standard fit Autonomous Emergency Braking across the full range whilst the one touch speed limiting, also standard, is unique in this ‘Supermini’ class of vehicle. With other safety technologies like Lane Departure Warning and traffic sign recognition also available the Jazz offers a high level of safety at an attractive price.
Philip Crossman, Managing Director at Honda UK, commented: “As with all new Honda vehicles sold in Europe, the Jazz is fitted with a number of premium active and passive safety technologies designed to make driving both easier and safer. It is unrivalled when it comes to safety features, and is the only car in its sector to come with a city brake active system as standard.
“Driver, passenger and pedestrian safety is absolutely paramount for Honda and we remain committed to bringing some of the most advanced technologies to the market and making them accessible to the widest customer base possible. With every model in our current range now carrying the maximum five-star Euro NCAP rating Honda owners can have complete peace-of-mind that they are driving one of the safest cars on the market.”
The Toyota Avensis is highly commended providing fleet buyers and families with a very high level of protection at a reasonable price. Here is another manufacturer who has gone beyond what is currently tested by safety bodies to provide many standard fit crash prevention features, as well as accommodation for the very latest I-Size child seats. Meanwhile advanced technologies like Lane Departure Warning and low and high speed Autonomous Emergency Braking are available across the majority of the range. A great example of a UK built car at the top of its game when it comes to safety.
Paul Van de Burgh, President of Toyota GB PLC, said: “The Avensis features active safety technology we collectively call Toyota Safety Sense. It is provided as standard and has helped new Avensis become the third successive generation of Toyota’s British-built model to secure a top five-star rating from the independent vehicle safety testing organisation Euro NCAP.
Karl Schlicht, Executive Vice President Toyota Motor Europe, said: “We are very pleased with this result for Toyota Safety Sense in general and Avensis in particular. It recognises Toyota’s commitment to improve roadside safety and to make the latest technologies that contribute to this affordable and accessible for more customers.”