The results of this year’s high profile British Insurance Car Security Awards (29 June 2005) prove that when it comes to producing cars that are both difficult to steal and difficult to break into, Citroen leads the way. With three category wins out of the 10 available, Citroen’s performance is the most impressive in the awards’ history.
The C4 Exclusive won in the ‘Small Family’ category and the C4 VTS in the ‘Performance’ class, while for the second year in a row the C3 Exclusive came top in the ‘City/Supermini’ class. Adding to the silverware the C5 Exclusive was narrowly pipped to the post to take the runners-up spot in the ‘Family’ group.
Each car has been given a rating based on its performance in ‘theft of’ and ‘theft from’ tests. Just six cars achieved maximum five star scores in both categories and Citroen polled two of these with the C4 and C5. With the C3 Exclusive achieving five stars for ‘theft of’ and four stars for ‘theft from’, Citroen features in the top two for each of the UK’s three most popular classes of car - supermini, small family and large family.
The awards, which recognise the advances made by vehicle manufacturers in improving theft resistance, are organised by Thatcham - The Motor Insurance Repair Research Centre, who also test and rate all new cars, in conjunction with the Home Office, the Department for Transport, the ABI (Association of British Insurers), AAGMA (The Advanced Automotive Glazing Manufacturers Association) and The AA Motoring Trust.
Peter Roberts, Chief Executive of Thatcham - The Motor Insurance Repair Research Centre, comments: “Citroen is to be commended for its ongoing commitment to featuring advanced security features across its range of vehicles. The fact that it has collected more awards than any other manufacturer in 2005 is testament to that work.”
Citroen’s success can be attributed to the attention paid to security details right from the early stages of the design of each vehicle. This has helped Citroen achieve both high levels of security as well as excellent insurance ratings, as demonstrated by the lowest possible Group 1 ratings that have been awarded to the new C1 and C2 superminis.
The results also provide real proof that when it comes to security and safety, customers need look no further than the Citroen range - C4, C5 and C8 have already been awarded a maximum five star rating in the Euro NCAP crash tests, whilst the Company’s four star rated small cars are among the safest in the supermini class.
Alain Favey, Managing Director of Citroen UK Ltd, said: “We are very proud that Citroen has been recognised in these high profile awards. One of our key aims is to provide our customers with the highest levels of security and the lowest possible insurance rates, and the British Insurance Car Security Awards are testimony to our extensive work and success within this arena.”Published 29 June 2005