Alfa Romeo Giulietta has
been awarded the prestigious Euro NCAP five-star rating
and an overall score of 87/100: an excellent result that
makes it the safest compact ever. The rating is even
more important considering that since 2009 Euro NCAP has
adopted a new scheme composed of four areas of
assessment, namely Adult Occupant, Child Occupant,
Pedestrian Protection and a new area: Safety Assist.
Injury avoidance and mitigation functions, such as seat
belt reminder, ESP and speed limiter, are also rated.
Achieving a five-star
rating will become increasingly tougher year by year
(2009, 2010-2011, 2012). In this scenario, the rating
achieved by the Alfa Romeo Giulietta (97% Adult
Occupant, 85% Child Occupant, 63% Pedestrian Protection
and 86% Safety Assist) means that the car will also have
five-star rating in 2012 when the system will have
reached maximum severity.
This major accolade
yet again confirms Alfa Romeo’s special commitment to
all aspects relating to the protection of all road
users. The Alfa Romeo Giulietta was designed and built
to obtain maximum passive and active safety performance.
Proof of this, for instance, is the adoption of the most
advanced electronic dynamic control devices (for braking
and traction): the Vehicle Dynamic Control system, which
manages key functions, like Hill Holder, traction
control and assisted panic braking, the MSR system,
which prevents wheel locking when the throttle is
released, the DST (Dynamic Steering Torque) system,
Electronic Q2, which electronically “simulates” the
presence of a self-locking differential, and the
brand-new Prefill system, which alerts the braking
system that the accelerator pedal has been released to
decrease intervention time and consequently braking
Thousands of hours of
virtual simulations enabled the creation of the new
“Compact” architecture – which is making its debut on
the Giulietta – and the entire car using only four
prototypes. The quality of virtual design was later
materially put to the test on the cars made at the
Cassino plant by running two hundred tests on components
and subsystems, more than one hundred Hyge slide shock
test simulations and more than eighty crash tests were
carried out (frontal impact, side impact, roll-over and
shunting, taking various speeds, different types of
obstacles and the need to protect occupants physically
very different from one another into account).
These numbers confirm
the profound commitment to making the Alfa Romeo
Giulietta one of the safest cars in Europe by containing
the most advanced safety systems.
Total protection, in
short, as evidenced by six airbags as standard (two of
which Multistage), three-point seatbelts with double
pretensioners and load limit limiters and SAHR (Self
Aligning Head Restraint), a new second-generation device
built into the backrests of the front seats that moves
the head restraints closer to the occupants’ heads in
the event of a crash to lessen the effects of whiplash.
Without forgetting the contribution to occupant and
pedestrian protection provided by the body, the bonnet,
the doors and the dashboard crossmember, in addition to
the seats and steering column.
The efficacy of all
these devices is maximised by a three load line front
structure that guarantees structural uniformity and
consequently uniformity of response in the event of
frontal impact regardless of the type of obstacles or
vehicle that the car crashes into. This is a
breakthrough in partner protection, because the vehicle
is less aggressive when crashing into the front or side
of another vehicle, and in self protection, because the
uniform deformation makes the retaining systems more
effective regardless of the type of crash.
Finally, in the field
of preventive safety, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta adopts
headlamps with Daytime Running Lights that are
automatically turned on when the engine is started – to
meet a specific European standard that will come into
force in 2012 – and LED tail lights, brighter than
conventional bulbs, for extra safety.
Giulietta Euro NCAP Crash Tests