All-new Insignia wins 5-star Euro NCAP rating

05-Jul-2017

The all-new Vauxhall Insignia, in both Grand Sport and Sports Tourer body styles, has been awarded the maximum five stars from Euro NCAP. This makes it one of the safest cars on the market.

 

It achieved exceptionally high scores for its occupant protection for both adults and children, pedestrian protection and safety assist technology.

In Vauxhall showrooms now, the Insignia has a number of new active and passive safety technologies available. Euro NCAP singled out two of these innovations.

 

  • The active bonnet lifts up in milliseconds in the event of a collision, increasing the distance to the engine for improved pedestrian protection. Testers at Euro NCAP commented that it “operated robustly for a variety of pedestrian statures and over a wide range of speeds”.
  • The Automatic Emergency Braking system, which can detect pedestrians and other vehicles. Euro NCAP noted that the system “performed well and showed good performance at highway speeds, with accidents avoided or mitigated.”
Insignia Sports Tourer

“The five-star rating from Euro NCAP helps to demonstrate the design and innovation that can be found throughout the new Insignia, making it one of the safest models in its class,” said Dougie McColm, Vauxhall’s Brand Manager - Insignia. “The latest technologies included within the new Insignia work together to provide ultimate safety, not only for the car’s driver and passengers, but also for other road users and pedestrians.”

IntelliLux LED matrix light

The new Insignia also features the next generation of Vauxhall’s innovative and award-winning IntelliLux LED matrix light. It contains 32 LED segments, all integrated in the new slimmer headlights of the Insignia.

 

The increased number of LED elements enables the various light patterns to adapt to the prevailing traffic situation with seamless transitions between each mode. This results in an improvement in both the quality of light distribution and light intensity.

Insignia Grand Sport

New functions, including curve and spotlight illumination, improve long-range visibility, especially when driving at night. If drivers find themselves taking a curve with the full beam engaged, the light intensity automatically rises based on the steering angle, in order to increase illumination and help the driver to see the road situation ahead.

 

Each headlight also features a high-beam spotlight for additional illumination of up to 400m, further improving the Insignia Grand Sport’s long-range visibility.

More Insignia safety innovations

Head-up Display displays information on speed, traffic signs, speed-limiter setting and navigation direction onto the windscreen in the driver’s direct line of sight, ensuring that their eyes remain on the road.

 

Available as part of the standard spec, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning (LDW) provides gentle steering wheel movements (and LDW alerts if necessary) to help drivers avoid accidents by unintentionally drifting out of their lane.

 

The new Insignia is available with Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), which measures the distance to the vehicle in front and adapts the speed accordingly. ACC will initiate automatic emergency braking if the distance decreases abruptly.

 

The optional Rear Cross Traffic Alert system uses radar sensors in the rear bumper to detect objects coming from up to 20m at 90 degrees from the left or right side behind the vehicle.

 

Forward Collision Alert helps drivers to avoid or mitigate the impact of front-end collisions, with situation-dependent emergency braking settings. If the Insignia nears the vehicle ahead too quickly, the system warns the driver with a loud alarm, a visual warning in the instrument cluster and an LED projection on the windscreen.

 

Parking is easier, too, thanks to Advanced Park Assist. Ultrasound sensors on the Insignia’s front and rear bumpers identify suitable parking spaces and detect possible obstacles. When the parking area has been calculated, the system automatically parks the vehicle without the driver needing to touch the wheel. In fact, the driver need only control the pedals and gears.