| Hakim Hayat |
THE European safety organisation European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) has presented the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class with an award for its outstanding safety.
According to Jati Transport Sdn Bhd, the sole distributor of Mercedes-Benz in Brunei, the new A-Class has achieved outstanding results at the crash tests and was awarded the top rating of five stars.
“This Euro NCAP award, which we are delighted about, is a recognition of the excellent standards of safety in our vehicles,” said Head of Passive Safety and Vehicle Functions at Mercedes-Benz Cars Prof Dr Rodolfo Schöneburg.
“However, the standardised crash tests only represent a small sample of the real-life accidents that may be encountered on the street. For that reason, Mercedes-Benz designs all its model series using around 40 different accident constellations,” he added.
Euro NCAP is an organisation of European transport ministries, automobile clubs and insurance associations. It carries out crash tests and assesses vehicle safety based on the safety systems available.
General Secretary of Euro NCAP Michiel van Ratingen said, “In 2018 we introduced new, tougher tests, with a particular focus on protecting vulnerable road users. The winners of the ‘Best in Class’ awards show that the vehicle manufacturers are striving for the highest levels of safety and that the Euro NCAP ratings act as a catalyst for significant progress where safety is concerned.”
The new A-Class is also the first Mercedes-Benz model to have been developed in part at the new Technology Centre for Vehicle Safety (TFS). The design of the vehicle structures incorporates findings from research into real accidents.
The centrepiece of the body’s safety concept is the highly rigid passenger compartment. Its rigidity in accident conditions, such as in frontal, lateral or rear-end collisions and roll-overs, is above all due to the greater use of high-strength, ultra-high-strength and press-hardened sheet steel.
The driver and front passenger each have a three-point seat belt with belt force limiter and belt tensioner. In conjunction with the ‘Pre-safe’ system (optional equipment), the front seats are equipped with reversible belt reel tensioners. Both of the outer rear seats are fitted with a seat belt with reel tensioner and belt force limiter.
The new A-Class is equipped with driver and front passenger airbags, a driver’s kneebag and windowbags as standard.