Citroen's Double Five Star Euro NCAP Success

Citroen C5

Citroen C5

The New Look Citroen C5 has just taken Europe’s greatest safety accolade, recording the highest number of points ever awarded by Euro NCAP in the organisation’s latest round of crash tests. Further boosting the Company’s impressive safety credentials, the mould-breaking, all-new Citroen C4 also scored a maximum five star rating.

The five-star rated New Look C5 achieved 36 out of a maximum 37 points - the highest total in the seven year history of Euro NCAP tests - while the new C4 was just one point behind, with the same number as the Ford Focus, and ahead of other rivals such as the Renault Megane and the Vauxhall Astra.

One of Citroen’s new generation of cars, the C4 also received four stars out of five for child protection, as well as an impressive three out of four for pedestrian protection. It was specifically singled out for offering "an enhanced level of protection for vulnerable road users", thanks to the non-aggressive front end, with energy absorbing aluminium bonnet, and subframe with two impact absorbers designed to limit pedestrian knee injuries.

All of the latest Citroen models benefit from the very latest developments in structural safety as a result of the implementation of an advanced platform strategy. This has helped to ensure that all occupants of Citroen cars are extremely well protected, with the latest models - the C2, C3, C3 Pluriel, C4, New Look C5 and C8 - featuring among the safest cars in each of their respective classes.

Both New Look C5 and new C4 offer superb levels of safety equipment, including ABS with EBD and EBA as standard. All New Look C5 models also come with seven airbags, including a steering column airbag to protect the driver’s legs, and ESP with traction control, while the stylish new C4 features six airbags, including a uniquely shaped driver’s airbag for better protection.

With active safety equipment crucial in helping to avoid an impact in the first place, both New Look C5 and new C4 ranges benefit further from offering innovative measures such as a Lane Departure Warning System, that alerts drivers if their car inadvertently drifts across lanes, Directional Xenon headlamps, which swivel to increase the driver’s field of vision in night-time driving, and low tyre pressure detectors.

Published 25 November 2004 Melanie Carter

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