The new BMW 3 Series and Mazda CX-5 SUV have been awarded the highest safety rating under the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP).
Both achieved the maximum five-star crash-test rating, along with Hyundai i30 and the brand new Peugeot 208 supermini .
Euro NCAP said the results showed that manufacturers are rising to the challenges set by its stricter testing programme, with companies making a particular improvement in pedestrian safety.
The BMW 3 Series excelled in this category, receiving a score of 78 per cent, despite not having an active bonnet that rises slightly to cushion an impact.
The Hyundai scored 67 per cent and the Mazda 64 per cent, while the Peugeot only just made the 60 per cent five-star pedestrian protection threshold with 61 per cent
Euro NCAP was also impressed by the BMW and Mazdas Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) systems, which autonomously applies the vehicle's brakes if the onboard computers sense a likely collision.
Secretary general Dr Michiel van Ratingen said many crashes "could be mitigated or avoided altogether" if all cars were fitted with this technology as standard.
The firm also revealed that Audi has received the Euro NCAP Advanced reward for its Pre Sense front plus' technology, which uses a series of radar sensors to detect cars in front, and then acts to lessen the impact or prevent accidents where necessary.
Top Safety Ratings For New BMW and Mazda
Thu, 31 May 2012
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