Another 5 stars for Renault in the Euro NCAP safety awards
2003-06-27 - By Philip Byrne
The independent organization Euro NCAP has awarded a maximum five-star rating to Espace IV, which now has the same rating as Laguna II (2001), Mégane II (2002) and Vel Satis (2002).
Espace IV obtained the highest score ever in Euro NCAP testing, with 35.11 points out of a maximum 37. This result confirms Espace IV as the safest MPV and overall vehicle on the market.
Laguna II has regained the place it held until May 2003 as the “safest vehicle in its category”, totalling 34.11/37 points thanks to recognition of its seatbelt reminder alarm, which has actually been a driver’s seat feature since July 2001 and restoring the title of "safest car in the D market segment", which it had lost to the Toyota Avensis in May 2003.
Proof of Renault’s expertise and its excellent across-the-range performance in safety, a Renault vehicle has once again been awarded the maximum 5-star rating in the Euro NCAP tests. During the multi-make test phases held each year, new Renault models have attained successively higher thresholds:
- 2001: Laguna II became the first vehicle to obtain the maximum 5-star rating in the Euro NCAP crash tests.
- 2002: Mégane II became the first C segment vehicle to obtain the Euro NCAP 5 stars.
- 2003: Espace IV obtained the 5-star rating, breaking the 35-point barrier for the first time in Euro NCAP history.
Renault cars are also ‘Best in Class’ in the following categories:
- Small family car: Mégane
- Large family car: Laguna
- Executive car: Vel Satis
- MPV: Espace
Espace IV: safest car in its category and the best score over obtained in a crash test
The excellent safety level of Espace IV has at its heart an ultra-high strength steel structure and the third-generation System for Restraint and Protection (SRP), fitted as standard on all models since Laguna II in January 2001. Comprising airbags with inflation levels that adapt to impact severity, double pretensioners in the front seats to prevent occupants “submarining” under the safety belts and improved lower limb protection, the current Renault occupant protection system has already been proven efficient through research into accidents. Studies of real-world accidents involving new Renault models show a total absence of “submarining”, a phenomenon responsible for serious abdominal injuries.
Laguna II: the safest car on its market segment
Ranked as one of the safest cars on the automobile market, just behind Espace IV, Laguna II earned the second best score. After testing the efficiency of the seat belt reminder alarm that has been fitted on the car since July 2001, Euro NCAP awarded Laguna II an extra point, giving it a total score of 34.11/37 points,. The seatbelt reminder alarm is now fitted on all new Renault models. This is a key system for enabling drivers to take responsibility.
Chairman of Renault Distributors in Ireland, Bill Cullen said: "Renault has won more Euro NCAP stars than any other manufacturer, and continues to prove its expertise in safety, making its range the safest on the market by far. Lets not forget that the consumer is the overall winner here and Renault still lead the way in the developing the safest cars you can drive”.