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EuroCAP: Aygo, C1 and 107 become 'Fading Stars'

By raccars Published

Recent EuroNCAP crash tests downgrade the Toyota Aygo, Peugeot 107 and Citroen C1 to a three-star rating.

The pre-face lift models received a more credible four-star rating in 2005, but saw their scores downgraded due to a lax attitude towards providing current industry standard safety equipment on brand new models.

Upgrade models of this trio were criticised for lacking in basic safety equipment, including: side impact airbags and electronic stability control.

Dr Michiel van Ratingen, Euro NCAP Secretary General said: ‘Our test protocols have evolved significantly over the past few years. There are more tests and the requirements have become more stringent.

'Despite this, many manufacturers have engineered their latest cars to achieve the highest score. On the other hand, we see that some manufacturers continue to offer popular best sellers without making the necessary incremental updates to safety. It is those models that obviously fall behind other, more modern cars competing in the same category.’

As a result, Toyota have vowed to provide: side thorax airbags, side head curtain airbags, electronic stability control, passenger seatbelt reminder and ISOFIX and top-tether in rear outboard seats by July 2013 in all European countries. Similarly, Peugeot and Citroen have also committed to the same offering.

Story by: Mike Armstrong

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