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by George Skentzos

It comes as no surprise that BMW has today announced that the new BMW 5 Series has achieved the full five star safety rating in Euro NCAP crash testing.

The sixth generation BMW 5 Series performed very well across all categories in the testing criteria, and has become the first BMW model series to receive a 100 per cent score in the Safety Assist category for outstanding safety features.

The BMW 5 Series also managed a near perfect 95 per cent in Adult Occupant testing which BMW credits to the integrated safety concept used by the manufacturer in all new models, comprising highly resilient bearer structures and generously sized and precisely defined deformation zones.

This structure allows the forces from a head-on collision to be dissapted through a number of different load paths in the floor assembly, side frame, front wall and roof and absorbed in the deformation zones.

In order to achieve full marks for Safety Assist, the BMW 5 Series had to offer an entire suite of active and passive safety features as standard across the entire range, all controlled by a safety electronics system, including front and pelvis-thorax airbags as well as curtain head airbags for both seat rows.

Along with Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) the BMW 5 Series boasts a Speed Limit Device and belt detection function for all seats as standard equipment, contributing to the 100 per cent rating for safety fittings on the Euro NCAP crash test.

With many modern cars scoring poorly for pedestrian safety, a greater focus on this criteria has seen BMW engineers integrate elaborately modelled body elements featuring yielding structures at the vehicle front and an active bonnet which contributes to the reduction of injury risk in pedestrians and cyclists.

In this area the BMW 5 Series was awarded maximum points for the front bumper and for those elements of the vehicle front section which are relevant to head injuries in children in the event of a collision, boasting an overall score of 78 per cent in pedestrian safety.

The new BMW 5 Series arrives in Australian dealerships this month.




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