NCAP Rating System Redesign
From January 2016, the Euro NCAP
will be announcing two separate safety ratings for almost every car they
test - one score for the company's standard model, and another for the
car with all of its additional safety options. The hope is that car
owners will then have a clear idea of the value of these additions.
order to achieve a five star rating under the new rules, vehicles would
have to be equipped with state of the art safety systems (eg.
pedestrian detection and lane departure warning). Dr Michiel van
Ratingen, NCAP's secretary general, said almost three quarters of all
new cars will be given two ratings, with most current standard models
probably only scoring 3 stars.
The other quarter are expected to
avoid the two-rating system by making all their safety options standard
across all models. Experts have suggested this will raise prices, though
potentially lower insurance premiums as well. Dr van Ratingen explained
the changes were aimed at customers and manufacturers who "still
consider airbags and seatbelts to be the sufficient safety equipment". Our 'Safest Cars on the Market' July blog post.
Mercedes new CLA Shooting Brake Unveiled
on sale in January 2015, the CLA Shooting Brake is a stylish estate
version of the CLA coupé. As well as six standard engine choices,
customers may well be tempted by the high performance CLA 45 AMG model,
which runs a turbocharged 2litre engine, producing 355bhp and a 0-60mph
in almost 4.5 seconds. The Shooting Brake features the CLA's seven-speed
twin-clutch automatic gearbox, and four wheel drive as standard.
a limited run, Mercedes will also be launching an 'OrangeArt Edition'
of the car, which is exactly the same, just with orange bits. Prices
haven't been announced for the Shooting Brake, but are expected to start
around the £25,000 mark.