The new Suzuki Vitara is the first compact Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) to earn a top 5 star overall rating from the 2015 Euro NCAP testing programme.
High scores in all areas of assessment in the highly recognised independent European test has put the Vitara among the safest cars in its class.
In the Adult Occupant category, the five-door Vitara scored 89 per cent - 9 per cent higher than the minimum required for 5 star rating. The newly launched Suzuki was also awarded 85 per cent in the Child Occupant category (75 per cent minimum required).
The Pedestrian test resulted in a 76 per cent result (65 per cent minimum) and in Safety Assist; Vitara scored 75 per cent (70 per cent minimum).
“We are naturally delighted new Vitara has done so well in safety testing,” said Gary Collins, General Manager of Automobile Marketing for Suzuki New Zealand. “The 5 Star rating is limited to those models that provide the greatest amount of crash protection for occupants and pedestrians.
“Taking into consideration the fact that the rating system was made even more rigorous in 2015, these five stars are more valuable than ever before,” he said.
One of the model’s significant safety features is TECT (Total Effective Control Technology), a concept for occupant-protecting impact absorption and low weight developed by Suzuki. Extensive use of high tensile steel makes the body light and highly crashworthy as well as fuel efficient.
Euro NCAP’s tests on the front seats and head restraints showed good protection against whiplash injury in the event of rear-end collision and a geometric assessment of the rear seats also indicated good protection.
In addition, the bonnet shape and new structures for the cowl top, wipers and bumpers provide impact absorption to mitigate the extent of harm in the event that the car comes into contact with a pedestrian.
Suzuki paid particular attention to child safety and all of the restraint systems for which the Vitara is designed can be properly installed and accommodated. The car also scored well in Euro NCAP pedestrian protection, reducing the severity of the head’s impact in a typical pedestrian accident while the bumper provided good protection to pedestrian legs in all areas tested.
The new Vitara has comprehensive active and passive safety equipment as standard, including seven airbags, a brake override system, ESP Electronic Stability and a reversing camera.
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