Hiroshima, May 23, 2012 - (JCN Newswire) - Mazda's all-new CX-5, launched in Europe in February 2012, has been awarded the maximum five-star rating by the European New Car Assessment Programme(1) (Euro NCAP).
This rating, alongside being named a "Top Safety Pick 2012" by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in the United States last March, confirms the all-new CX-5, which employs Mazda's new lightweight, highly rigid SKYACTIV-BODY, as among the safest cars in the world.
Since 2009, the Euro NCAP rating system awards anoverall rating from zero to five stars. The rating is composed of scores in four categories; adult occupant protection(50%), child occupant protection(20%), pedestrian protection(20%) and safety assist(10%). The ratings in each category are based onthe following tests: frontal impact at 64km/h, Car-to-car side impact at 50km/h, Pole side impact at 29km/h, Whiplash from rear end impact and pedestrian protection, and evaluation of the Electronic Stability Control (ESC).(2) To be awarded a five-star rating cars must achieve high normalized scores in all four test categories. The CX-5 scored amongst the top performers in the small off-road 4x4 category despite the introduction in 2012 of higher standards in the pedestrian protection categoryandoverall rating.
The CX-5 is the third Mazda to earn the Euro NCAP five-star rating since the introduction of the new rating system in 2009. It follows the European-spec Mazda6 (known in Japan as Atenza) and the Mazda3 (known in Japan as Axela).
The CX-5 is the first of Mazda's new generation of products to employ the lightweight, highly rigid SKYACTIV-BODY. Mazda engineers redesigned the body from scratch, rethinking the fundamental principles of structure, materials, and manufacturingmethods, with the aim of the developing the ideal vehicle body. High tensile steel comprises 61% of the body and the bumper beams, which fit inside the front and rear bumpers, are made from 1,800 Mpa class steel - strongest in the world used in automobiles. Through this process Mazda achieved a body which is both extremely lightweight and exhibits excellent crash safety performance.
Mazda intends to deploy the lightweight, highly rigid SKYACTIV-BODY in its new-generation products.
(1) Euro NCAP is an independent agency comprised of the transport authorities of European countries. It has awarded automotive safety ratings since 1997.(2) Mazda refers to its Electronic Stability Control system as Dynamic Stability Control (DSC).
Formoreinformation about Mazda's SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY, please visit: http://www.mazda.com/mazdaspirit/skyactiv/
Mazda Motor Corporation (TSE: 7261) started manufacturing tools in 1929 and soon branched out into production of trucks for commercial use. In the early 1960s, Mazda launched its first passenger car models and began developing rotary engines. Still headquartered in Hiroshima in western Japan, Mazda today ranks as one of Japan's leading automakers, and exports cars to the United States and Europe for over 30 years. For more information, please visit www.mazda.com.
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