Renault Modus

Renault continues to lead the way in providing 'Safety for All' with its New Modus which has just 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, notching 32.84 points out of 37.

As if that isn't enough success, Modus - which hits UK showrooms on 10th September - 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 seven vehicles with the coveted five star rating. Modus has benefited from all Renault's safety expertise and is a fine illustration of its strategy of "Safety for All".

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 double pretensioners. The car's structure crumpled perfectly, so dissipating energy and preventing any intrusion into the cabin.

Small car, great safety

Passive safety in Modus was developed to particularly stringent specifications. Its restraint system was designed to complement the car's structure so as to ensure optimal safety for all occupants, wherever they are seated and whatever the type of impact. The third generation System for Restraint and Protection (SRP3) comprises six airbags: two twin-stage, adaptive airbags in the front seats, two front side airbags and two curtain airbags that protect the heads of front and rear occupants. In the event of a frontal impact, a seat slide sensor enables the SRP3 to adapt to the size of the driver. Front safety belts afford additional protection thanks to their double pretensioners and 4kN load limiters that avoid excess pressure on the thorax.

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Published : 05/09/04 Author : Melanie Carter

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