Volvo XC40, the European Car of the Year, has received full marks in the latest round of stringent crash tests conducted by Euro NCAP
Volvo Cars launched its smallest SUV, the XC40, earlier this month and following the single R-Design trim, the company expanded the range quickly by adding two more variants, Momentum and Inscription. Within half a month of its market debut, Volvo stated that more than 200 bookings have been made. While it showcases the phenomenal response the SUV has received among customers, it has another accolade to boast about right now.
The XC40 has been awarded five star ratings in the latest round of Euro NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme) crash tests. Meeting the 2018 stringent crash test procedures organised by European NCAP association with full marks meant the XC40 joins its larger siblings in the 60 and 90 series as one of the safest cars in the world currently.
The 2018 Euro NCAP testing had been the toughest ever with new and more demanding challenges on safety technology. It includes cyclist-detection with auto-brake and emergency lane keeping systems. The new XC40 raised above al the hurdles and received the highest overall safety score among all cars tested under the new regulations.
The brand new XC40, based on the modular CMA architecture, comes standard with several safety technologies on-board as it helps drivers in detecting and avoiding collisions, remaining safely in their lane and reducing the impact of accidentally running off the road.
Following the footsteps of the XC60, which was credited with the overall best-performing large off-roader and the best overall performer in the prestigious Euro NCAP 2017 Best–in-Class safety awards, the XC40 has headed in the right path by attaining five stars. In March 2018, the XC40 was rewarded with 2018 European Car of the Year and it was the first Volvo to do so.
It has become a top-seller for the Swedish luxury brand globally and is key in sales aspirations in the domestic market as well. Volvo announced in May that it would expand production in its manufacturing facilities in both Europe and China to meet the XC40’s overwhelming demand. Since Volvo’s assembly unit in Karnataka could only handle SPA-based cars, the XC40 will wait for a while before being rolled out locally.
Volvo’s India model lineup comprises of S60 and S90 sedans, Cross Country versions of V40, V90 and S60, along with SUVs like XC40, XC60, XC90 and XC90 T8 Excellence and the V40 hatchback. Volvo Cars currently has dealerships in Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi NCR – South Delhi, West Delhi and Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kochi, Kozhikode, Kolkata, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Mumbai, Pune, Raipur, Surat, Vishakhapatnam and Vijayawada.