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16th December, 2010

The Euro NCAP consortium tested the passive crash safety of the new Audi A1 and awarded it the top score of five stars. The results for adult protection in a frontal, rear or side collision, as well as for child safety and pedestrian protection, places the new Audi A1 among the safest vehicles in its category.

The passive vehicle safety of the new Audi model in the sub-compact class was tested by Euro NCAP. The consortium is made up of international representatives of European transport ministries, automobile associations, insurers and consumer protection organisations, and performs comprehensive studies of the crash performance of new cars.

Euro NCAPís test requirements exceed the standards of European lawmakers. The testers gave the A1 scores for adult occupant protection in frontal, rear and side impact collisions that earned the vehicle the top rating of five stars. The scores for child occupant protection underline these results.

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Established in 1997, the Euro NCAP consortium performs crash tests with all vehicles on the European market. Its mission is to systematically improve road safety and thus protect the lives of all road users.

Ensuring protection for pedestrians and cyclists is an important concern for Audi. A vehicle front end specially designed for this requirement helps to mitigate the consequences of a collision, and this is reflected in the good performance of the Audi A1 in the Euro NCAP test.

Audi also places tremendous value on active safety systems for accident avoidance. A standard high-performance ESP stabilisation system with electronic limited slip differential was therefore one of the first items in the requirement specifications for the development of the Audi A1. This system is responsible for the A1ís high stability and aids its neutral handling.


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