Volvo's XC90 scoops five star safety rating

CAPE TOWN - The Volvo XC90 has been awarded five stars and achieved top ratings in the 2015 Euro Ncap tests.

The XC90 with standard city safety technology stood out as the first car from any manufacturer to score full points in Euro Ncap Autonomous Emergency Braking Car to Car rear-end tests (AEB City & AEB Interurban).

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SAFEST CAR IN THE WORLD?

Dr Peter Mertens, vice President, research & development for Volvo said: "This is further proof that with the Volvo XC90 we have developed one of the safest cars in the world. In fact we scored 100% in the Safety Assist category. From an industry perspective Volvo Cars remains the leader in car safety innovation and miles ahead of the competition with our standard safety offer."

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SAFETY ASSIST

The new Volvo XC90 scored 100% in the Safety Assist category and is also the first car to receive the maximum score in the two autonomous emergency braking tests AEB city & AEB interurban. The new XC90 also features advanced pedestrian protection functionality that independent safety regulators have yet to include in their testing protocols.

VISION 2020

Martin Magnusson, a Volvo engineer said: "We are the first car manufacturer to surpass the criteria that Euro Ncap has applied to the AEB Interurban and City testing procedures. City Safety is one of the most advanced standard crash prevention offers you can find in a modern car. It addresses vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians in certain situations, day and night."

Volvo's Vision 2020 concept sees the Swedish carmaker aiming to build cars in which no one is seriously injured or killed by the year 2020.

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