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by Matt Brogan

The new series VI Volkswagen Golf has been awarded a maximum five-star rating by the Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Programme) crash test agency.

This result matches the star rating achieved by the current Golf V however, the new Golf has received 36 out of a possible 37 points for occupant protection leading to its five-star award.

In the area of pedestrian safety, the new Golf scored an impressive 3 stars which along with occupant protection features including seven airbags, standard ESP, Brake Assist, ABS, whiplash reducing headrests, side impact protection and a stronger chassis structure than ever before, makes the new Golf the safest car is its category.

Furthermore, a new sensor concept for crash detection has been introduced with the Golf. The development of this so-called “crash impact sound sensing” system was awarded the innovation prize in Bavaria in May 2008.

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Volkswagen has always been at the forefront of occupant safety. The Volkswagen 411, launched in 1968 featured front crumple zones and a passenger survival cell, a trait carried over to the Mk I Golf in 1974 while adding self-stabilising steering, rear crumple zones and fuel tank protection.

In 1987 the Golf II was fitted with ABS for the first time and in 1991 the Golf III introduced a collapsible steering column, side impact protection and traction control.

Volkswagen has sold over 26 million examples of the Golf since it was first released some 34 years ago.




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