Friday, June 29, 2007

Dodge Caliber test results and other Euro NCAP news

According to a press release issued by Euro NCAP on wednesday, 27th June, the Dodge Caliber was awarded four stars for adult occupant protection, four stars for child occupant protection and one star for pedestrian protection in the small family car category.

The complete test results for this five-door hatchback will be available from 27th June 2007.

FYI, the front impact test is conducted at 64km/h (40mph) into an offset deformable barrier, the side impact test 50km/h (30mph), the pole test at 29km/h (18mph) and the pedestrian tests at 40km/h (25mph).

The Dodge Caliber replaces the Neon. It was first introduced at the 2005 Geneva Motor Show, and went on sale in the spring of 2006. Prices in the UK starts from £11,695 OTR for the 1.8 S (MAN). Source: Dodge UK

In another unrelated news, Euro NCAP announced that their next Secretary General will be Michiel van Ratingen. He will take up his post when the current Secretary General Adrian Hobbs retires later this year.

Michiel van Ratingen is a Mechanical Engineer with extensive experience in the field of vehicle safety. Michiel worked at TNO, as head of Automotive Safety, and later at First Technology Safety Systems.

Adrian Hobbs retires after over 35 years working in accident research, vehicle safety and Euro NCAP. He initiated the Euro NCAP programme and has taken a leading role in its development. He joined the Euro NCAP Secretariat in 2003.

Adrian Hobbs has helped Euro NCAP elevate car safety to a level no one could have anticipated
ten years ago. Adrian has been one of the world leaders in vehicle safety
- Claes Tingvall.

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