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ENCAP: Four for BMW s electric i3

Assault and battery: BMW s i3 hits the wall in the European crash tests, earning stars.

BMW s carbon-fibre i3 misses out on rating, but Mazda3 sails


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28 November 2013

BMW S mass-produced electric car, the i3 runabout, has scored four in the latest round of European New Car Program (ENCAP) crash announced overnight.

Ford s new SUV, the Fiesta-based EcoSport, failed to score maximum in the tests, earning four even though Ford is hoping for a five-star rating Australia s ANCAP system for the car arrives here next

The new generation of Australia s top-selling the Mazda3, gained the top five-star as did the similarly sized Peugeot hybrid Mitsubishi Outlander Infiniti Q50 and Maserati Ghibli.

the carbon-fibre-clad BMW i3 scored well in the offset and side barrier protection tests, it was let down by performance in tests for side impact, whiplash and pedestrian

In the pole test, the pioneering panels and aluminium frame only weak protection of the s chest, while the seats only marginal protection for the in a rear impact.

In the pedestrian protection test, the i3 s front scored maximum points for leg but the front edge of the bonnet was as poor, as was the base of the windscreen and

Inexplicably, the i3 lost points for not rear seat seatbelt and standard fitment of a speed

The i3, which is the world s first carbon-fibre car, is set to go on sale in in about July next priced about $70,000.

BMW Australia s general manager communications, Lenore Fletcher, the i3 had been built as an inherently car that probably would scored five-stars a year or two

She said the i3 had advanced safety such as an emergency call that were not yet taken account in the ENCAP tests.

The rating for the new Ford EcoSport dented the safety credentials for the new level mini SUV that was to the media in Australia just week.

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In occupant protection, the scored an excellent 93 per cent for adults and 77 per cent for children, winning praise for its performance in the side pole test.

But again, the EcoSport was let down by areas of pedestrian impact particularly in the pelvic area and the of rear-seat seatbelt reminders and limitation device.

The new Mazda3 due in in January scored the same 93 per for adult occupant protection as the but did much better in the child pedestrian protection and safety categories.

The Mazda cause was by the fitment of standard rear-seat reminders and a driver-set speed

The Peugeot 308 due in Australia in the first of next year received all-round scores, as did the Mitsubishi PHEV.

One of the best-performed cars in occupant in the latest tests was the new Maserati luxury sedan the Italian s sub-Quattroporte 5 Series competitor score 95 per cent.

Like the BMW i3, it was let by a lack of adequate whiplash

VW s T5 Transporter Kombi van scored average ratings across categories to garner a four-star

However, the blunt nose of the big van did no to pedestrians, scoring a lowly 32 per

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