26 Oct 2011
Rüsselsheim/Brussels. There have been further top marks for new Opel car models from the independent consumer organization Euro-NCAP (European New Car Assessment Programme). Crash test experts awarded five stars in terms of safety and accident prevention both to the Opel Astra GTC and the Zafira Tourer.
“The topic of passenger safety has always been high up on of the agenda of Opel,” says Rita Forst, Vice President GME Engineering. “We are proud of the latest five-star results and are very pleased not just to have met the safety standards with the Zafira Tourer and the Astra GTC but to have surpassed them.” In all test categories (passenger safety for adults and children, as well as pedestrian safety and driver assistance systems) both vehicles achieved excellent results. The NCAP announcement comes almost two months after the Opel Ampera electric car was also awarded five stars by Euro-NCAP.
Both the Zafira Tourer and the Astra GTC performed brilliantly in the crash tests with a very high degree of bodywork stability. The cabin interiors and safety components in both cars are designed in such a way that the risk of injury through, for example, knees making contact with instrument panels, is minimized. Safety belts for child passengers were found to offer an excellent level of protection in both cars.
The Euro-NCAP consortium (European New Car Assessment Programme) which is based in Brussels consists of representatives from EU transport ministries, automotive associations, car insurers and consumer lobby groups. Its rigorous test standards are higher than the minimum required by EU law. They are therefore seen as an international benchmark.
Euro-NCAP has set up a standardized test that examines the risk of injury for passengers and pedestrians in different crash scenarios. Dummies are used to simulate the impact on different parts of the human anatomy. Crash simulations include tests which involve full frontal and lateral collisions with other vehicles and fixed objects.
The new Zafira Tourer sets new standards for flexibility and atmosphere in the monocab segment with its fully re-designed Flex7 seating system. Opel’s “lounge on wheels” is top of its class in terms of fuel efficiency and driver assistance systems.
The looks and dynamic handling of the new Astra GTC are a highlight in the Opel compact segment. The coupé appeals mainly to customers who value emotional design and an optimized front axle complete with HiPerStrut (High Performance Strut) suspension.
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