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​New brands choose safety in Euro NCAP’s first tests of 2021

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​New brands choose safety in Euro NCAP’s first tests of 2021

The all-new Polestar 2 and Cupra Formentor have both achieved top five-star ratings in the first Euro NCAP safety assessments of the year.

Established in 2017, Polestar is an independent Swedish electric car brand. The good news is that the first model from the new performance car brand to be tested against Euro NCAP protocols has safety firmly embedded in its DNA.

Scoring highly across all categories, with 92 per cent in Adult Occupant Protection and a stand-out 80 per cent in the Vulnerable Road User assessments, the Polestar 2 is a vehicle that is “fit for the future”, according to Matthew Avery, Thatcham Research director of research and Euro NCAP board member:

“It’s great to see a vehicle from an emerging brand like Polestar perform so well in our safety assessments. Polestar should be applauded loudly for keeping safety high on the agenda, despite everything the pandemic has thrown at the automotive industry over the past year.”

Contributing to the Polestar 2’s strong Vulnerable Road User score was the inclusion of a pop-up bonnet which deploys should the car impact a pedestrian. Avery comments:

“Typically we don’t see pop-up bonnets on electric vehicles, as there is no hard engine structure to worry about. However, there are still a number of structures within the bonnet that could cause fatal injuries to a pedestrian.”

The Polestar 2 is also designed to accommodate Over the Air Updates, which can wirelessly improve the performance of a number of functions, including it’s safety technologies.

“The Polestar 2 is a good choice for safety, today and in the future. Not only is it a great performer from a passive safety perspective but it will also become safer through its lifetime, thanks to Over the Air Updates. Put simply, the Polestar 2 can be improved while it sits on your driveway.”

Super Cupra

Cupra, another recently formed performance car brand, has also seen one its newest models achieve a maximum five-star Euro NCAP rating, signaling the brand’s intent to prioritise safety.

Its Autonomous Emergency Braking systems performed very well in testing and can prevent accidents in ‘Turn Across Path’ scenarios. It also has airbags fitted in centre-consoles, to compartmentalise occupants in the event of a lateral impact. As a result, it scored maximum points in this area of testing.

Avery says, “The Cupra Formentor makes no compromises on safety. It’s exciting to see two completely new brands scoring five-star ratings from the get-go.”

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