Euro NCAP hail CX-5 brake safety technology
Mazda have been singled out by Euro NCAP, Europe’s leading safety organisation, for being at the forefront of its drive to equip all models with life-saving Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB).
The ‘Smart City Brake Support’ system, fitted to Mazda’s CX-5 Crossover vehicle range, operates at speeds of up to 19mph and automatically activates the brakes and reduces the engine output if the driver fails to slow the vehicle or take appropriate action. That helps to avoid collisions or mitigate the damage from rear-end collisions at low speeds, which are among the most common accidents.
Think about how many times you’ve pulled up to a roundabout behind another vehicle, only to find the vehicle in front doesn’t pull out when the coast is clear.
The CX-5 has recently been awarded 5 starts for both occupant and pedestrian safety and is one of the few vehicles in the UK to have Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) fitted as standard. Typically available on more expensive luxury cars, real world performance data suggests AEB systems can reduce accidents by up to 27 percent, according to Euro NCAP.
A Euro NCAP survey has revealed that AEB is completely unavailable on 79 percent of cars on sale in Europe and that 66 percent of manufacturers do not offer an AEB system on any of their new models.
Michiel van Ratingen, Secretary General of Euro NCAP, said: “A faster penetration of these technologies into new cars will make it more realistic for the European Union to reach its target to cut road deaths by 50 percent by 2020”.
“If all cars were fitted with AEB systems, many crashes could be mitigated or avoided altogether on European roads. The Mazda CX-5 is therefore a good example for other manufacturers to follow.”
For more information on Mazda’s ‘Smart City Brake Support’ system call one of our Mazda dealerships. You can also click on the video image above to watch the system in action.