Sunday, November 2nd, 2008...1:20 am

Renault, The Safest Euro Car Brand

Renault, the century old French automobile company, has a great track record to carry along with its name. To add to its already huge popularity is the fact that this is the safest car brand in Europe.

As of today, eight of its vehicles in different categories have won the Euro NCAP’s crash test programme. In 2002, Megane II won 5 stars in its segment. In 2003, the Kangoo won 4 stars; Twingo won 3 stars while Escape IV, Laguna II and Scenic II won 5 stars in their segment. Escape IV was named the “safest car on the market”. In 2004, Modus and Megane CC won 5 stars while in 2005, Vel Satis and Clio also won the same titles in their segments. Vel Satis and Megane CC were named “Best in Class”.

Following the NCAP’s points-scoring system, Renault Laguna was judged to be the safest car in the family car segment with regard to adult occupants as well as child occupants. Renault Kangoo was named the safest car for child occupants in the MPV segment while the Renault Megane CC clinched the safest car title for adult occupants in Roadsters and cabriolets segment. Surveys have shown that road deaths could reduce by 40% if people chose the safest cars using the Euro NCAP results. The survey went on to reveal that nearly 700 lives could be saved in UK if all cars matched the features of Renault Laguna – the Euro NCAP test topper.

At 40mph, only Laguna allows the occupants to emerge largely uninjured. The front bags have the “smart” twin-level inflation front airbags. This helps to judge the severity of impact. A combination of eight airbags along with seat-belt pretensioners and seat-belt load limiters is used to reduce the impact on the passengers. The collapsible brake pedals and anti-submarining seats keep the occupants in place. It also features the ABS, Brake Assist and electronic tyre pressure monitoring.

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