Euro NCAP announces new van of 2022
Today, Euro NCAP revealed the 2022 list of the top commercial vans for sale on the European market based on an assessment of crash avoidance systems’ fitting and performance. The result is steady but slow progress, with several more equipped vans than they were one year ago, equipped with designs that are performing better than they were. However, in the cases where manufacturers have made significant improvements to their vehicles, considerable performance improvements are evident. As a result, one of them – – the FIAT Ducato – becomes the first vehicle to earn the highest platinum rating.
In the past, Euro NCAP drew attention to the inadequate installation of safety equipment on commercial vans. Since they are the primary vehicle for small and medium-sized businesses and couriers, they are often on the roadways where due to their weight and size, they pose a greater risk to smaller vehicles and vulnerable road users if they’re involved in an accident. The new law will require van manufacturers to put in basic safety systems, commonly found on passenger cars, within a couple of years. While we wait, Euro NCAP’s commercial van ratings will encourage manufacturers to put in more advanced systems quicker.In this report, Euro NCAP revisited nineteen vans comprising the most significant commercial vans across Europe. Only one of the vans assessed was rated ‘Not Recommended compared to five in the previous year. Although the FIAT Talento has indeed been discontinued, The Opel/Vauxhall Movano has been constructed on a brand new Stellantis platform and has an award of bronze. This Renault Master has also gained recognition of bronze this year due to minor but significant enhancements in its speed and lane assist systems. The corresponding model version of the Nissan Interstar (previously the NV400) has also received these enhancements. However, at present, it’s still not equipped with autonomous emergency Braking (AEB) technology and therefore is still in the category of Not Recommended.
It is worth noting that the Renault Trafic has been re-engineered, and its safety has significantly upgraded since the last time it was test-driven. It now comes with a robust AEB car-to-car system as an option, and it has a jump to a silver-medal ranking, making it one of the best-upgraded automobiles this year. However, the newly-designed FIAT Ducato is the clear winner, taking the top position on the list this year. The Ducato was last year ranked bronze. The Ducato has been given an extensive safety overhaul and is now equipped with a sophisticated sensor set that offers AEB cyclist and pedestrian and is a top performer on these assessments. The Ducato’s overall 88 per cent score means it has a chance to surpass the competition and be the first platinum-rated commercial van. Unfortunately, it is the case that those other Stellantis vehicles that it shares with the Ducato have a platform including Peugeot Boxer, Citroen Jumper (Relay) and Opel Movano – did not receive the same upgrade in equipment and are in a lower position in medals in comparison to their FIAT counterparts.
Euro NCAP tests vans keeping the vehicle safe equipment that is standard or optional, therefore the assessments represent the very best that may be expected of every vehicle. When it comes to fitment, little has altered within the last twelve several weeks and safety devices are still offered mainly being an option.EURO NCAP’s Secretary General Michiel van Ratingen says,”We have seen promising indications of commercial vehicles getting modernized with better security systems, which is and closing the gap between the passenger car and commercial vehicle segments. In general, it appears that manufacturers are beginning to think about safety of their vehicles more seriously. And, although there’s still a long way proceed, we are impressed by the changes that – some small, others remarkable – we’ve observed in the past year.”