Five five-star NCAP crash test performances
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Hyundai i30, Seat Ibiza, Vauxhall Insignia and VW Arteon have all scored the maximum five stars in the latest round of EuroNCAP crash test results, though Honda’s Civic only managed four and the Ford Mustang three, which is an improvement on the car’s original two-star result.
EuroNCAP praised the Arteon for becoming the highest-scoring executive vehicle in yterms of pedestrian safety, while the Stelvio’s adult occupant protection score of 97 was described as “near perfect”. The Ibiza was also commended for its high levels of standard safety equipment.
“The greater the extent to which these new technologies are fitted, the better and faster will be the progress in safety on our roads, to the benefit of all,” said Euro NCAP Secretary General, Michiel van Ratingen. “It is to SEAT’s credit that they have made a sophisticated AEB standard on a supermini like the Ibiza, and we commend them for it.”
The Civic fell down on “lower than expected” protection for children.
The Mustang’s improvement came as a result of making autonomous emergency braking and lane assistance standard fit, as well as improving front airbags.
“It is good to see that after 20 years Euro NCAP’s call for safety improvement still strikes a chord with responsible companies like Ford” said van Ratingen. “While a three-star rating is unexceptional, the updates Ford have introduced have not only made Mustang’s safety better in key areas but also show that the company cares about its customers and safety reputation.”
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EC approves PSA’s Vauxhall’s acquisition
The European Commission has approved PSA Peugeot-Citroen’s £1.9bn takeover of Vauxhall and its European counterpart Opel, one of the final hurdles for the deal that should be completed by the end of the year. The acquisition will put PSA number two in Europe for sales volume.
“Today, we have taken a substantial step. The teams are now focused on the achievement of all other conditions necessary for the closing, planned for later this year,” said Patrice Lucas, Manager of Programs and Group strategy.
Ioniq added to ULEV scheme
Hyundai’s Ioniq plug-in hybrid has been added to the list of plug-in cars eligible for the Government’s ultra low emission vehicle grant.
The PHEV is abvailable to order from next week (13 July), and joins the pure electric and regular hybrid versions of the lower medium hatchback.
Priced from £27,495 before the £2,500 grant, the Ioniq plug-in costs £5,110 more than the hybrid, though half of that will be saved by the grant, and it costs £3000 more than the pure electric version. The latter car does get an extra £2000 from the Government’s ULEV scheme as a pure EV, which means there is ££,610 between the hybrid and electric models at opposite ends of the scale.
The Ioniq PHEV, which makes the Hyundai the first car to be offered with three different electrified powertrains, has an official range of 39 miles of electric running, and a 26g/km emissions figure. It comes in Premium and Premium SE trim levels.