Volkswagen Golf is Safest Car of 2009

Published March 14th, 2010 - 06:42 GMT
According to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) most recent report, road traffic accidents rank as the 10th leading cause of mortality and burden in all WHO member states, which includes all countries of the GCC and Levant. With these statistics in mind, the need for safer vehicles is fast becoming a necessity on Middle Eastern roads.
To support safety for road users, Volkswagen has produced the safest car for 2009. These efforts have now been recognised by the EuroNCAP Institute in Brussels. After compiling all crash test results for the year 2009, EuroNCAP has named the Volkswagen Golf “Safest Car of 2009”, winning out against the competition with a total of 103 points.
Commenting on the award, Stefan Mecha, Managing Director of Volkswagen Middle East, said, “The Volkswagen philosophy is to always ensure our customers are safe. Stricter EuroNCAP testing criteria were introduced at the beginning of 2009, and the Golf performed impressively in all four categories: Occupant protection of adults, protection of children, pedestrian protection and supporting safety and driver assistance systems.”
The bestseller from Wolfsburg attained the coveted five-star rating for the second consecutive year with a top score of 103 points, earning it the title of “Safest Car of 2009”. In total, 33 cars were tested last year under the new, stricter and more extensive EuroNCAP crash testing procedure.
The Golf had already attained a five-star EuroNCAP rating in 2008. Initially, this testing programme, conducted since 1997, only assessed frontal crashes, side crashes and pedestrian protection. Electronic safety and assistance systems that help prevent accidents and serious injuries are now incorporated in the rating of the new, stricter assessment method.
The Golf offers maximum safety with standard safety features that include ESP with counter-steer assist, ABS with braking assistance, anti-slip regulation (ASR), electronic differential lock (EDS), 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 side airbags for front passengers.
The Golf not only fulfils European safety standards. In 2008, the compact car earned the prestigious title of “Top Safety Pick” - awarded by the independent US safety institute “Insurance Institute for Highway Safety” (IIHS). In this evaluation, vehicles were tested in a frontal crash at 64 km/h and in a side crash at 50 km/h with a movable barrier shaped like the front end of an SUV. In addition, seat behaviour was studied in a rear-end crash.

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