The European New Car Assessment Programme: A historical review

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Established in 1997, the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) provides consumers with a safety performance assessment for the majority of the most popular cars in Europe. Thanks to its rigorous crash tests, Euro NCAP has rapidly become an important driver safety improvement to new cars. After ten years of rating vehicles, Euro NCAP felt that a change was necessary to stay in tune with rapidly emerging driver assistance and crash avoidance systems and to respond to shifting priorities in road safety. A new overall rating system was introduced that combines the most important aspects of vehicle safety under a single star rating. The overall rating system has allowed Euro NCAP to continue to push for better fitment and higher performance for vehicles sold on the European market. In the coming years, the safety rating is expected to play an important role in the support of the roll-out of highly automated vehicles.




Van Ratingen, M., Williams, A., Lie, A., Seeck, A., Castaing, P., Kolke, R., … Miller, A. (2016, April 1). The European New Car Assessment Programme: A historical review. Chinese Journal of Traumatology - English Edition. Elsevier B.V.

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