Friday, 28 January 2011
EuroNCAP, the world’s leading independent car safety testing organisation, has named the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, which has just been launched in Australia, as the safest car in its category and the leading small car it tested in 2010.

After the crash tests, EuroNCAP said of the Alfa Romeo Giulietta that it remained stable in the front impact, scored maximum points for the side barrier impact and the reactive head restraints offered good protection against whiplash. Both child dummies were properly contained by their restraints in the side barrier test.

The Alfa Romeo Giulietta not only looks after its occupants – it scored maximum points for the protection of pedestrians from the bumper and in most areas likely to be struck by the head of a child, the bonnet offered good protection. The new Giulietta also rated a score of 86% percent for technology designed to help the driver avoid an accident in the first place.

The rating is even more significant considering that from 2009 EuroNCAP adopted a new judgment criteria composed of four areas of accident assessment, namely Adult Occupant, Child Occupant, Pedestrian Protection and a new area: Safety Assist. Injury avoidance and mitigation functions, such as seat belt reminder, ESP and speed limiter, are also rated.

Achieving a five-star rating will become increasingly tough year by year (2009, 2010-2011, 2012). In this scenario, the rating achieved by the Alfa Giulietta (97% Adult Occupant, 85% Child Occupant, 63% Pedestrian Protection and 86%  Safety Assist) means that the car will also have a five-star rating in 2012 when the assessment system will have reached maximum severity.

Thousands of hours of virtual simulations have gone into the creation of the new Compact platform, which made its debut in the Giulietta. The quality of virtual design has been materially confirmed  by running 200 tests on components and subsystems, some 150 Hyge slide shock test simulations and more than 80 crash tests (frontal impact, side impact, roll-over and shunting, taking various speeds, different types of obstacles and the need to protect occupants, physically very different from one another, into account).

These numbers confirm Alfa Romeo’s commitment to making the new Giulietta one of the safest cars in Europe by ensuring that it contains the most advanced safety systems.

Six airbags are standard (two of which are Multistage), plus three-point seatbelts with double pretensioners and load limit limiters, and SAHR (Self Aligning Head Restraints), a new second-generation device built into the backrests of the front seats that moves the head restraints closer to the occupants’ heads in the event of an impact, to lessen the effects of whiplash.

There is also a highly significant contribution to occupant and pedestrian protection provided by the body, the bonnet, the doors and the dashboard crossmember, in addition to the seats and steering column.

The effectiveness of all these systems is maximized by a three load line front structure that guarantees structural uniformity and consequently uniformity of response in the event of frontal impact, regardless of the type of obstacles or vehicle that the car is in collision with.

Finally, in the field of preventive safety, the new Giulietta uses headlights with Daytime Running Lights that are automatically switched on when the engine is started – to meet a specific European standard that will come into force in 2012 – and LED tail lights, brighter than conventional bulbs, for extra safety.

The Giulietta has a full complement of airbags plus an array of electronic devices designed to let drivers extract the maximum from their Alfa Romeo while staying safe at all times. There’s ABS anti-lock braking with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD); Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) - Alfa Romeo’s interpretation of Electronic Stability Programme; Cornering Brake Control (CBC), Dynamic Steering Torque (DST), Hydraulic Brake Assistance (HBA) and the new Pre-Fill function for the brakes.

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