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New Opel Astra Gets Five Stars from Euro NCAP

The new Opel Astra is off to a good start, as Euro NCAP, Europe’s leading safety assessment body, awarded this cars with the maximum rating available: five stars for safety.

According to Euro NCAP, one of Astra’s strong points is its active head restraints, which got the highest score ever given. Another good thing about this system is that it is completely reversible, requiring no dealer reset after a rear-end collision.

The Opel Astra also scored high for passenger occupant protection in a frontal impact. Extra points were also added for its advanced Electronic Stability Control system, which improves vehicle stability by detecting and minimising skids. Astra’s rigid passenger compartment, made from high-strength steel, contributed to the exceptional rating. The cabin is surrounded by crumple zones that deform and protect in a safe, controlled manner.

Another new safety feature from the Astra is the advanced dual seat belt pre-tensioners system. This keeps the occupants’ hips in place during a crash and makes knee airbags unnecessary. The car also features six airbags, a seat belt reminder system, a passenger airbag deactivation switch to allow child seats to be placed on the front passenger seat, ABS, traction control, adaptive brake lights and Adaptive Forward Lighting.

The Euro NCAP testing was done with the new evaluation system, which works by awarding each car a single overall vehicle safety rating combining the scores achieved in four areas of assessment: Adult Occupant Protection, Child Protection, Pedestrian Protection and Safety Assist.
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