17 December 2018

Mercedes A-Class is Best in Class in crash tests

The Mercedes-Benz A-Class has been given a Best in Class award by the Euro NCAP crash test organisation, writes Brian Byrne.

The General Secretary of Euro NCAP, Michiel van Ratingen, notes that in 2018 ENCAP introduced new, tougher tests, with a particular focus on protecting particularly vulnerable road users.

"The winners of the 'Best in Class' awards clearly show that the vehicle manufacturers are striving for the highest levels of safety," he says, "and that the Euro NCAP ratings act as a catalyst for significant progress where safety is concerned."

Prof Dr Rodolfo Schöneburg, Head of Passive Safety and Vehicle Functions at Mercedes-Benz Cars, says the standardised crash tests only represent a small sample of the real-life accidents that may be encountered on the street. "For that reason, Mercedes-Benz designs all its model series using around 40 different accident constellations," he adds.