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Questions about Euro NCAP and manufacturers

Were manufacturers involved in the development of the overall rating system introduced in 2009?
Will manufacturers not just design their cars to pass Euro NCAP tests?
What do the vehicle manufacturers think about Euro NCAP?
Initially manufacturers resisted the introduction of Euro NCAP, why do you think they have now changed their minds?
Are manufacturers involved in the tests?
Do you tell manufacturers what changes are needed to get better results?
Why do car manufacturers more frequently refer to the adult occupant rating when quoting the respective Euro NCAP award?



Were manufacturers involved in the development of the overall rating system introduced in 2009?

The new rating system was developed by the members of Euro NCAP. Before introduction, car makers and suppliers were consulted on the content of the system. Some of their recommendations for improvement were subsequently incorporated.




Will manufacturers not just design their cars to pass Euro NCAP tests?
No. Vehicle manufacturers have to design and test their cars to meet many more safety issues than are tested in the Euro NCAP tests. However, some use the Euro NCAP procedures as an in house target/standard for those aspects that we test.


What do the vehicle manufacturers think about Euro NCAP?
They believe that if such tests are to be carried out, the work should be undertaken in an objective way by an independent expert organisation. There is a general acceptance that Euro NCAP has been responsible for improving overall safety standards. Euro NCAP conducts a regular dialogue with the motor industry, discussing technical issues.


Initially manufacturers resisted the introduction of Euro NCAP, why do you think they have now changed their minds?
Initially, the car manufacturers were against the Euro NCAP programme. However, they saw that it received much publicity and was seen to be technically correct. Cars that received good ratings improved their sales and those that did badly lost sales volume. Because the tests had been developed for legislation and were the best available, they gained credibility with the safety engineers in the car companies. Seeing the advantages of having an independent assessment that would guide car safety design in the correct direction, the car manufacturers started to support the programme.


Are manufacturers involved in the tests?
Yes. Each manufacturer is told of the choice of car, variant and options. Preferably vehicles for the tests are acquired anonymously, but if this is not possible they are randomly selected. Manufacturers are asked to provide test set up information, to recommend child seats and to make any general comments. They are invited to witness the tests and to say whether they are satisfied with the way the test is run. After the test, they are given the test results and invited to comment on any anomalies when compared with their own data.


Do you tell manufacturers what changes are needed to get better results?
The test reports indicate the areas where improvements would provide safety benefits. However, it is not for Euro NCAP to tell manufacturers how to design their cars. If manufacturers wish to take action on the basis of the results, they are the ones who fully understand the design of their products and are best placed to decide how any improvements could be made.


Why do car manufacturers more frequently refer to the adult occupant rating when quoting the respective Euro NCAP award?
Ideally to provide a complete picture of the vehicle’s safety, manufacturers should indicate all Euro NCAP's ratings in their marketing materials, but generally choose to use the adult occupant rating we presume as it appeals to a wider selection of consumers.






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