1st November, 2005
The new Fiat Croma has just been awarded the maximum five-star rating in the
European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) crash safety tests.
This important judgement was recently also awarded to the new Grande Punto,
thus underlining the attention that Fiat Auto pays to every aspect of the
protection of drivers and passengers.
On the new Fiat Croma, this attention has produced excellent results. To
achieve them, Fiat Auto’s designers took into consideration every possible type
of accident: head-on and side-on collisions, overturning, rear collisions and
fire. They also analysed the different speeds at which impacts occur, the
different types of obstacle, and the protection of occupants with very different
This added up to some 18,000 hours of calculations, 120 crash tests, 100
crash simulations on HyGe sleds, 200 tests on components and subsystems, 10 new
types of performance specifications and test procedures, and eight co-design
suppliers of specific structures for passive safety, two of which were involved
exclusively in the planning and development of safety systems.
Detailed analysis of all these parameters produced an array of technical
solutions which make the new Fiat Croma one of the safest cars on the market.
Many sophisticated systems that are standard equipment on the Fiat Croma have
made significant contributions; such as two dual stage frontal airbags, two
front sidebags, two window bags and a kneebag for the driver, (rear sidebags are
optional). Front seatbelts with pretensioners and load limiters are also
standard, as is the anti-whiplash system on the front head restraints.
The new Croma also guarantees constant, predictable road behaviour, even
correcting mistakes by the driver and helping the driver to negotiate critical
situations without difficulty. In fact, in addition to a powerful, widely
acclaimed braking system, the Fiat Croma can also boast the most sophisticated
electronic systems to monitor the car's dynamic behaviour. They include ABS
anti-lock braking with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution), and above all
ESP, (Electronic Stability Programme): a system that cuts in when the car is close
to the limit of adhesion, and when its stability is at risk, helping the driver
to retain control.
Depending on the version, the ESP system on the new Fiat Croma also includes
a number of additional systems: ASR (Anti Slip Regulation) which prevents the
driven wheels from slipping when surface grip is poor; MSR (Motor Schleppmoment
Regelung) which acts if the driver changes abruptly to a lower gear, restoring
torque to the engine so as to prevent excessive stress on the driven wheels; HBA
(Hydraulic Brake Assistance), an electronic-hydraulic system that is activated
during emergency braking; and finally, Hill Holder, that simplifies hill
New Croma has been designed and built to achieve the highest levels of
safety, as its Euro NCAP rating now confirms. Along with its reliability,
quality and technological innovation in the field of diesel engines, this
attention to detail has made a major contribution to the model's success: since
its launch, new Croma has attracted over 22,000 orders.
In respect of engine options, customers' choices have confirmed the strength
of the range offered on the new Fiat Croma. In particular, where the MultiJet
turbodiesel engine is concerned, 60% of orders have been for the 150 bhp 1.9
MultiJet 16v, and 10% for the powerful 200 bhp 2.4 MultiJet.
4MOTION For New Volkswagen Passat
27th October, 2005
The new generation Passat can now be ordered with permanent 4MOTION
four-wheel drive in Europe .....
Audi Shooting Brake Concept For Tokyo
20th October, 2005
An Audi sports car of the future may possibly have just started the journey
from drawing board to driveway in the shape of the Audi Shooting Brake Concept, a convention-challenging, technology-laden
design study destined for the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show .....
Toyota Infringement Of Antonov Patents Update
19th October, 2005
Update: The case received its preliminary hearing on 22nd September 2005 having
previously been postponed by the company to allow further negotiations with Toyota
New Baby quattro for Audi
16th October, 2005
The 2005 Australian International Motor Show (AIMS) marks the local
introduction of Audi's smallest quattro model – the A3 Sportback 2.0 TFSI quattro
New Audi A4 2.0 TDI Now Available
13th October, 2005
The 2005 Australian International Motor Show will mark the Australian launch of
Audi's latest hi-tech turbo diesel engine for the best-selling A4 .....
New Audi S4 Makes Its Australian Premiere
13th October, 2005
Audi's new S4 will be unveiled for the first time in Australia at the Australian
International Motor Show, ahead of its mid-November 2005 launch .....
New World Blind Land Speed Record
12th October, 2005
England's Mike Newman and his Speed of Sight team have rewritten the
Guinness Book of World Records, again! .....
Subaru and GM Walk Away From Each Other
7th October, 2005
Fuji Heavy Industries, the maker of Subaru cars, released its plan of their
alliance changes .....
Peugeot at Sydney's Motor Show
6th October, 2005
The 2005 Australian International Motor Show will prove to be one of the
biggest ever shows for the Peugeot brand in Australia .....
Audi launches new TDI engine for A4
5th October, 2005
Next week’s 2005 Australian International Motor Show, in Sydney, will mark
the Australian launch of Audi’s latest hi-tech turbo diesel engine for the best-selling A4 .....
The 100,000th Audi Cabriolet
2nd October, 2005
The 100,000th Audi Cabriolet was produced at the company’s Karmann
facility last week .....
UK Diesel Sales Increase!
14th September, 2005
Before complaining about petrol prices, spare a thought for the British. The price
of petrol reached one pound per litre in some parts of England last weekend .....
Volkswagen Eos To Be Launched In 2006
13th September, 2005
Some 18 months after the concept C study made its debut at the Geneva Motor
Show, Volkswagen now presents the production version of its new convertible coupé in the form of the Eos
New Regatta for Sydney Harbour
11th September, 2005
A brand new sailing competition, to be known as the “Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta”
was 'launched' on Friday by Ian Box, Commodore Middle Harbour Yacht Club and Joerg Hofmann, Managing Director of Audi Australia
Covers To Come Off Audi's New S4 In Sydney
10th September, 2005
Audi's new S4 will be unveiled for the first time in Australia at the
Australian International Motor Show, ahead of its November 2005 launch
A Year of Celebration for the Audi Brand
9th September, 2005
Forty years ago, Audi succeeded in making a new start with the launch of the Audi 72
Audi opens up its new Cabriolet at Frankfurt
7th September, 2005
Sharing new engines and extensive chassis revisions with the recently upgraded
A4 Saloon and Avant, the latest Audi sun trap will be available in 2006
Audi Worldwide August Sales Up By 18.5%
7th September, 2005
Audi was able to announce another record-breaking month for vehicle sales in August
2005. Over 59,100 new cars (August 2004: 49,876) were handed over to customers worldwide
Audi Firing On All Cylinders
6th September, 2005
Audi Australia has recorded its eighth consecutive month of record sales in Australia
31st August, 2005
Where does the 2006 Cadillac BLS, which is set for its world premiere at the
2005 Frankfurt Motor Show, sit in Holden's plans for the future?
30th August, 2005
The name of the new Volkswagen cabriolet-coupé has been chosen: Eos – goddess of
Audi ups the Ante on Vehicle Security
26th August, 2005
Audi Australia has increased the security of its
entire vehicle range this month with the adoption of DataDot microdot identification
Sporty Look For Europe's Peugeot 307
4th August, 2005
Europe's Car of the Year winner 2002 is refreshed and improved with attractive
styling treatment across the range for 2006 .....
Audi Takes Lead in DTM Series
3rd August, 2005
Audi has taken the lead in the DTM (German Touring Car Masters series)
manufacturers’ standings. A record crowd of 143,000 spectators turned out at the Norisring .....
MG Rover Sold To Nanjing Automotive
1st August, 2005
The joint administrators from PricewaterhouseCoopers have announced the sale of
the assets of both MG Rover Group and its engine producer, Powertrain Limited to Nanjing Automobile (Group) Corporation .....
Peugeot 407 Coupe Breaks Cover
31st July, 2005
Peugeot's new coupe will debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The Next Car team
is the first Australian media outlet to publish the first official photographs of a production model .....
For Peugeot – 'Innovation' Isn't A New Word
27th July, 2005
Introducing 'world firsts' is not new to Peugeot. The Peugeot 1007 might be the
first car to have electric front sliding doors, but it is just another first from
the manufacturer who, over its 116 year history has been a true innovator .....
10,000,000 engines produced at Audi Hungaria
15th July, 2005
Audi Hungary has manufactured its ten millionth engine, a 1.8-litre four-cylinder
five-valve engine with turbocharger and an output of 165 kW, which will power a specially equipped Audi TT police vehicle
Worldwide Audi Sales Record in June 2005
13th July, 2005
Audi was able to announce another record-breaking month for vehicle sales in June
2005. Over 78,700 new cars (June 2004: 67,721) were handed over to customers worldwide
New Sales Record in Sight for Audi in Australia
8th July, 2005
Audi Australia has achieved a record year-to-date sales result of 2,389 vehicles
from January to June 2005, an increase of 35 percent over the previous year
Audi Launches Limited Edition A4
6th July, 2005
Audi Australia has launched a limited edition A4 featuring a sports bodykit
and the new Nokia 8800 mobile phone with a built-in Bluetooth car kit