Subaru Ireland has announced that its new Subaru XV has been awarded the highest five-star rating by the European New Car Assessment Programme for its 2011 overall safety performance test. The Subaru XV arrives in Irish Dealer showrooms in time for Christmas. A more comprehensive and rigorous assessment system has been implemented since 2009 by Euro NCAP which evaluates “Adult Occupant Protection”, “Child Occupant Protection”, “Pedestrian Protection” and “Safety Assist”. This five-star Euro NCAP award previously crowned the introduction of the new Legacy two years ago, while Subaru vehicles also received numerous awards for their safety performances from other authoritative bodies.
Euro NCAP is an independent agency composed of European governments and European motoring and consumer organizations. It has been assessing new car safety performances since 1997.
Subaru further advanced its unique “ring-shaped reinforcement frame body” by optimizing the impact energy relay structure. The use of high tensile steel plates was also increased on the new XV. These features allow reduction in weight, higher collision safety performance to impacts from all directions, and enhanced passenger safety. In addition, airbags have been installed in the front seats, driver’s knee, and sides (torso and curtain). The above features are topped with VDC (Vehicle Dynamics Control) provided as standard on all the models, making the XV an extremely safe car.
Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., manufacturers of Subaru vehicles, aims to offer “Enjoyment and Peace of Mind” through the Subaru experience, its brand statement “Confidence in Motion” at the foundation. “Enjoyment and Peace of Mind” is not possible without the crucial element of “safety”. Subaru will pursue all-around safety by continuing to advance its active, passive and pre-crash safety technologies.