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Bravo earns 5 star NCAP rating

Monday, 17 September 2007

Bravo earns 5 star NCAP rating

The new Fiat Bravo has been awarded the prestigious five star Euro NCAP rating, placing it at the top of its category for safety, with a total score of 33 points. This is an important accolade, which, together with the similar ratings given to the Grande Punto and Fiat Croma, is confirmation of the commitment of Fiat Group Automobiles to all aspects of driver and passenger protection.

To achieve this, the designers considered every single possible type of accident: head-on and lateral collisions, rollovers, rear-end collisions and fire. Other factors taken into consideration included the different speeds at which accidents occur, obstacles and the protection of occupants with widely differing physical attributes. In all, over fifteen thousand hours of computations were carried out, along with sixty crash tests, a hundred and fifty simulations with the HyGe sled and a hundred tests on components and subsystems. These figures are proof of the company’s resolve to make the Bravo one of the safest cars on the road.

This remarkable safety performance has been made possible by the many sophisticated systems available with the new model (standard equipment levels depend on local markets and versions). These include an array of passive safety devices, airbags, three point seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters, head-restraints and the FPS fire prevention system. Bodyshell elements such as the bonnet, door and dashboard cross member also contribute to protecting the occupants. Lastly, a number of other components also play a part in passive safety, such as the seats and steering column, which have been designed bearing in mind their behaviour in a crash.

Furthermore, the new car's consistent and predictable handling means that it can absorb a certain degree of driver error and easily cope with critical situations. In addition to a high performance brake system, the Fiat Bravo also features the latest generation electronic braking and traction control systems to ensure safe dynamic performance.

Fiat Bravo is therefore a car designed and built to attain the highest standards of safety and reliability.