DELFT, the Netherlands - The heart of the mid-luxury segment passes the Euro-NCAP crash test program with high marks.
The BMW 5 series, Saab 9-5 and Toyota Camry each scored four stars out of four, and the Audi A6, Mercedes-Benz E-class, GM Omega and Volvo S70 won three stars. The testers called the segment mid-sized premium cars.
The results were presented at the Delft Technical University.
'This is a very encouraging result,' said Max Mosley, president of Euro-NCAP, a quasi-independent testing organization. He noted that all seven cars passed the crash tests and could be considered safer than the latest European legislation would require.
After 1 October, cars in Europe must pass a government crash test conducted at 56kph. The Euro-NCAP off-set crash is done at a 64kph.
The European car manufacturers' association ACEA is no longer objecting to the crash test program. However, 'ACEA is still worried by some of the Euro-NCAP methods,' said spokesman Camille Blum, 'and the manner in which the results are judged and communicated.'