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5 stars in the NCAP test for the new Nissan Leaf

The "European New Car Assessment Program" (Euro NCAP) has tested the new Nissan Leaf under the improved and expanded tests in the laboratory for accident safety. The new generation achieved 5 stars in the overall rating. There are some new requirements in the testing program. This includes the cyclist sector and the tests under diffuse lighting conditions that the emergency brake assistant has to cope with. The lane departure warning systems also have to prove their efficiency.

5 stars in the NCAP test

The tests were carried out successfully for almost all Euro NCAP requirements; the driver airbag was only unable to build up enough pressure in the event of an offset frontal crash. The dummy used came into contact with the interior surface. In a frontal crash, the tension in the lap belt decreased slightly, which results in a slightly higher risk of injury.
In the overall rating, occupant protection was rated 93 percent and child safety was 86 percent. The technologies used in the field of radar and camera were able to largely recognize the obstacles. Security support scored 71% in the test program.

Ranges in the new WLTP test

Nissan Leaf was one of the first electric cars to be tested in the WLTP cycle and achieved good results: According to the cycle, which is closer to reality and also takes into account the advantages of electric vehicles in city traffic, the range in city traffic is 415 kilometers .
The test procedure in the WLTP cycle takes 10 minutes longer than in the NEDC cycle. Vehicles also have to cover more than twice the distance and travel at an average of 46,5 instead of 34 km / h and a top speed of 131 km / h (instead of 120 km / h). The WLTP process is divided into four standard cycles, which differ in the speed driven and which simulate different driving profiles. A fifth test phase is also planned to take into account the special features of plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles. The WLTP cycle also differentiates between urban and combined range: In city traffic, the new Nissan Leaf has a range of 415 kilometers; in the combined WLTP cycle, the range is up to 285 kilometers.


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