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Following the United States' Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's release of the results of its first-ever tests of a vehicle's frontal crash avoidance system a month ago, it's now the Euro New Car Assessment Program's turn to release its own results for the same type of exercises.

Euro NCAP divided the test into two categories "based on the type of crash the systems are designed to mitigate."

The first is Autonomous Emergency Braking City, which works at low driving speeds of up to 50kph and is aimed to reduce rear-end shunts that result in whiplash neck injuries.

The six tested vehicles--including the names of their respective crash avoidance systems--and their results are:

* Mercedes Benz E-Class (Pre-Safe Brake) - Good

* Volvo V40 (City Safety and Collision Warning with Full Auto-Brake) - Good

* Mitsubishi Outlander (Forward Collision Mitigation) - Good

* Volvo XC60 (City Safety) - Adequate

* Fiat 500L (City Brake Control) - Adequate

* Ford Focus (Active City Stop) - Adequate

The second test is known as Inter-Urban AEB, which supposedly works at higher speeds of up to 80kph and targets fatal and serious injury crashes that may be caused by the driver's inattentiveness.

The five vehicles that were tested and their respective results are:

* Mercedes Benz E-Class (Pre-Safe Brake) - Good

* Volvo V40 (City Safety and Collision Warning with Full Auto-Brake) - Good

* Volkswagen Golf VII (Front Assist) - Good

* Mitsubishi Outlander (Forward Collision Mitigation) - Adequate

* Honda Civic (Collision Mitigation Brake System) - Adequate

"With the limited number of systems available and tested, we can already see real differences in their performance and expected real-world benefit," said Euro NCAP secretary general Michiel van Ratingen. "However, we compliment the manufacturers of the systems in today's launch--whether the system scored good, adequate or marginal--for already offering this technology in their cars. We hope that our results will help them to further develop their systems."

 

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