The independent testing organisation Euro NCAP has subjected light commercial vehicles to a group test for the second time and has not once issued a top rating for the safety of the occupants and the environment.
However, improvements compared to the first group test can also be observed in the van sector due to the increased use of active safety systems, according to the organization’s conclusion.
It shows a picture of the slow but continuous improvement, Euro NCAP explains to the results. Euro NCAP Secretary General Michiel van Ratingen said: “Overall, it looks like manufacturers are taking the issue of safety in this segment more seriously. While there is still a lot of work to be done, we are pleased to see the improvements that have been introduced over the past year.”
19 models were tested, each in its standard version without optional elements. These can significantly increase the active safety of the vehicle.
Ducato scores with active safety
The biggest improvement can be achieved by the Fiat Ducato, which has been extensively redesigned. It now has an advanced sensor system.
The Fiat Ducato, which was still in a weak 14th place last year, is now rewarded with the best rating or an overall rating of 88 percent. It is the only and first van ever to receive a “platinum rating.”
All other vehicles are clearly behind. In second place is the Ford Transit (68 percent), followed by the VW Transporter (65 percent).
In last place is the Nissan Interstar, formerly NV400 (18 percent), and the popular Renault Master (29 percent) also fails. Hardly better are Citroen Jumper (32 percent), Peugeot Boxer and Opel Movano (33 percent each.)