SEAT Altea

The SEAT Altea has scored excellent marks in the stringent crash-tests carried out by the prestigious Euro NCAP organisation: five stars for occupant safety, four stars for child safety and three stars for pedestrian safety. These results, officially announced today, give the Altea a unique position in the compact mono-space category.

Similarly, the new SEAT Toledo, a model developed along the same lines as the Altea and due for UK launch in January, would score an equivalent result in these crash tests, given that its structure and safety features are identical to the Altea.

On learning of these results, Dr Andreas Schleef, SEAT President said: "At SEAT we will always work to offer maximum safety. Safety is not an extra that is developed through market success. It is an obligation that we have as a car manufacturer: each SEAT model must offer maximum protection to its passengers - both adults and children - as well as to pedestrians."

The Altea has been designed and developed by the engineers and specialist technicians from the SEAT Technical Centre at the brand’s Martorell plant (Barcelona) where the Altea is manufactured. The Altea clearly demonstrates with its excellent Euro NCAP results that attractive design and innovation are in no way incompatible with safety.

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Published : 28/11/04 Author : Melanie Carter

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