Euro NCAP Confirms Renault Modus As First Ever Five-Star Small Car

Renault Modus

The latest results from the Euro NCAP crash test programme were revealed today (Thursday 25 November) in Madrid and confirmed the Renault Modus has been awarded the maximum five-star rating in independent Euro NCAP crash tests, making it the first five-star small car and the safest in its class, scoring 32.84 points out of 37.

Modus also becomes an unprecedented seventh Renault vehicle to achieve the top five-star rating enforcing Renault's leading position in safety as the only manufacturer to have anywhere near this number of five star rated cars.

Most rival Manufacturers are yet to score ANY five star ratings and no other company has more than three cars with the maximum rating.

At the same time, Modus confirms its family orientation by scoring a best-in-class four stars in child protection.

"Modus' performance is particularly satisfying as it's more difficult to protect the occupants of a small car," says Jacques Faure, Head of Passive Safety at Renault. "The Euro NCAP rating is the result of the approach developed by Renault for many years now - "Safety for all". Our aim is to provide maximum safety for front- and rear-seat occupants in all cars, large or small."

Euro NCAP inspectors noted the excellent levels of occupant protection which Modus afforded. Analysis showed that the damage sustained by dummies demonstrated the effectiveness of its restraint system, with its two-stage adaptive front airbags and unique double pretensioners. The car's structure crumpled perfectly, so dissipating energy and preventing any intrusion into the cabin.

Child Protection

Modus offers the Isofix three-point attachment system for side child seats at the rear and rear-facing child seats at the front. Along with the high-performance Renault child seats, it offers unequalled protection for children in that range of cars. Here also, Modus benefited from Renault’s long-time commitment to child protection and was able to score four stars in the Euro NCAP child protection assessment. It was once again the best scoring car in its class.

Star performance at Euro NCAP

With seven five-star cars in Euro NCAP crash tests, ranging from supermini to executive cars, Renault boasts the safest line-up on the automobile market.

Modus 5 stars first supermini "safest in class" (2004)
Espace IV 5 stars "safest in class" and highest score ever (2003)
Vel Satis 5 stars "safest in class" (2002)
Megane II Coupe-Cabriolet 5 stars " safest in class " (2004)
Laguna II 5 stars first 5-star vehicle in segment (2003)
Scenic II 5 stars first 5-star vehicle in segment (2003)
Megane II 5 stars first 5-star vehicle in segment (2002)
Clio 4 stars (2000)
Kangoo 4 stars (2003)

Published : 25/11/04 Author : Melanie Carter

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