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THE latest round of independent NCAP safety tests show the scale of the advances that are being made to protect not only people travelling in cars but also pedestrians.

EuroNCAP has crash-tested a further dozen popular models and ten of them have achieved maximum safety scores for occupant protection.

They include the Chevrolet Cruze, which is an illustration of the praiseworthy progress made by such a major manufacturer whose Aveo model was slammed in the same tests a couple of years ago.

After being awarded a miserable one star rating and suffering damaging publicity, Chevrolet made safety a top priority for its new Cruze and the investment has paid off.

The car gets a five-star overall rating with an almost perfect adult occupant score of 96 per cent.

The Cruze is awarded 84 per cent for child occupant protection but just 34 per cent for pedestrian protection.

The highest marks for pedestrian protection go to the new BMW X1 with a rating of 63 per cent and the vehicle also gets a five-star rating for adult occupant protection and a high score of 86 per cent for child occupant protection.

However, EuroNCAP warns that consumers should not take the safety of a new model for granted just because previous models from the same manufacturer have scored well.

Toyota has a string of top marks for models such as the Avensis, Prius and iQ but the new Urban Cruiser gets a disappointing rating of just three stars and a weak score of 58 per cent for occupant protection in this latest test.

Dr Michiel van Ratingen, Euro NCAP's secretary general says: ``We congratulate Chevrolet. The company has bounced back with two cars that have a commendable level of safety performance. The result from Toyota is disappointing but in 2010 we predict further results like these as Euro NCAP's next stage of the rating scheme kicks in and requirements become even tougher.''

Motorists can check out the safety scores of any models they plan to buy at

Given Euro NCAP's test and assessments continually evolve, buyers should also consider the year of test when looking at the results.

Euro NCAP's top scorers with five star results are the BMW X1, Chevrolet Cruze, Citroën DS3, Infiniti FX, Mazda3, Mercedes E-Class, Mercedes GLK, the British-built Vauxhall Astra, the Peugeot 5008 and the Volkswagen Scirocco.

The Chevrolet Spark missed out on a five star award because Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is not fitted as standard on any version. In contrast it is fitted as standard on all versions of the other cars in today's line-up, which is a result of Euro NCAP's incentive of points under the new rating scheme.

In this month's tests the Chevrolet Cruze, Vauxhall Astra and Volkswagen Scirocco all have seats and head restraints that offer good whiplash protection.

The Citroën DS3, Infiniti FX, Peugeot 5008 and the Mercedes GLK have driver-controlled speed-limitation systems fitted as standard or soon to be introduced as standard.

Words: Steve Hughes

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