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Subaru XV Scores Top 5-Star Rating in Euro NCAP Safety Test
Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the manufacturer of Subaru automobiles, today announced that its new “SUBARU XV” (XV 2.0i, LHD, European specifications) has been awarded the highest five-star rating by the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) for its 2011 overall safety performance test. 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 newly introduced Legacy two years ago, while other Subaru vehicles have also received numerous awards for their safety performances from other authoritative bodies.
Subaru further advanced its unique “ring-shaped reinforcement frame body” by optimizing the impact energy relay structure. The use of high tensile steel 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 models, making the XV an extremely safe car. FHI 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. Active safety: safety enhanced by driveability and risk-avoidance technologies. Passive safety: safety enhanced by collision safety systems. Pre-crash safety: safety enhanced by advanced driving assist technologies such as warning alerts and autonomous emergency braking.