With an exemplary result of 35 points out of a maximum 37, Euro NCAP has awarded the Vauxhall Insignia a five-star adult occupant rating. The 2009 Car of the Year was also awarded four stars for child protection and two stars for pedestrian protection - the best ratings given so far in the large family car segment.
"We designed, engineered and built the Insignia to be one of the safest cars on the road and the way it performed in the Euro NCAP tests confirms the relevance of our technical solutions," says Hans Demant, Vice President of Engineering for General Motors Europe.
The body structure design and occupant restraint systems of the new Vauxhall Insignia are intended to meet all current and future global crash safety standards. Euro NCAP had earlier confirmed the high quality of the Insignia's head rests for whiplash protection.
The Vauxhall Insignia is designed, engineered and built to make it one of the safest cars on the road, often using leading technology not normally found in this class, including:
Intelligent Adaptive Forward Lighting (AFL) cornering light system, in which the car's headlamp beam automatically adjusts to prevailing road and weather conditions. The AFL now has a total of nine light functions so drivers can see the road better while, for example, turning a curve or driving on a country road at night. In addition, LED daytime running lights, including automatic light switching, are standard, improving the car's visibility during the day.
Adaptive 4x4 improves the traction on take-off and on slippery surfaces, as well as optimising handling and stability in all conditions. In combination with the Sport trim, the AWD system is enhanced by an electronically controlled Limited Slip Differential (eLSD), which further enhances the traction and improves vehicle stability.
Vauxhall's Front Camera System has two jobs: it can warn drivers when they unintentionally veer off the road and it can detect and recognise traffic signs. In this way, drivers are given added assistance without interference.Published 26 November 2008