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Volkswagen Golf named safest car of 2009


The German model has won top honours from EuroNCAP

For the first time, the EuroNCAP Institute in Brussels compiled all of its crash test results for the year 2009 and awarded the Volkswagen Golf the title of Safest Car of 2009 with a total of 103 points.

The Golf had already attained a five star EuroNCAP rating in the year 2008. Initially, this testing programme - conducted since 1997 - only assessed frontal crashes, side crashes and pedestrian protection. After stricter criteria were introduced at the beginning of 2009, the Golf was re-tested, and performed impressively in all four categories: Occupant protection of adults,
protection of children, pedestrian protection and supporting safety and driver assistance systems.

In total, 33 cars were tested under the new, stricter and more extensive EuroNCAP crash testing procedure.

The Golf offers standard safety features that include ESP with counter-steer assist, ABS with braking assistance, anti-slip regulation (ASR), electronic differential lock (EDL), engine drag torque control (MSR), trailer stabilisation, Isofix mounting brackets for two child seats on the rear bench as well as airbags for driver and front passenger with passenger-side deactivation, including knee airbag for the driver and a head airbag system for front and rear passengers with front side airbags.

The new sixth generation Golf has proven to be very popular in NZ after its launch early in 2009. Dean Sheed, Volkswagen General Manager for New Zealand says: “2009 has proven to be a great year for the Golf. Just days before its launch in NZ it was awarded the coveted World Car of the Year title and the iconic Golf GTI arrived a few months later.

"It is the combination of dynamic design, high safety levels, great build quality and innovative engine and transmission technology that make the Golf a favourite with many Kiwis. To be declared the safest vehicle tested in 2009 really is the icing on the cake."

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