Munich The new BMW 3 Series Sedan not only sets new
standards of driving pleasure in the premium segment of the middle
class - the level of safety it provides is also first rate. In the
latest Euro NCAP series of crash tests, the new BMW 3 Series achieved
the top rating and was awarded 5 stars. The sixth generation of the
sport sedan completed this most arduous of test procedures, delivering
excellent results in all of the test criteria. Following in the
footsteps of its predecessor seven years ago, the new BMW 3 Series
Sedan has again scored top marks for the brand, successfully
completing test procedures which in the meantime have become
significantly more challenging. The test procedures carried out by the
Euro NCAP (new car assessment programme) are a measure of the
protection offered by vehicles in the case of an accident, recognized
by governments, motoring organisations and consumer protection groups
throughout Europe. In addition to the protection afforded to the
passengers in a number of different impact scenarios, active safety
technology and pedestrian protection are also taken into account.
The passenger safety cell of the new BMW of 3 Series Sedan proved to
be extremely resistant in both head-on and side impacts as well as in
the side pole crash test. In all of the accident scenarios, the forces
acting on the vehicle were safely channelled over clearly defined load
paths and absorbed by generously dimensioned deformation zones. In
addition, the extensive standard safety equipment including front and
side airbags, side head airbags for both the front and the rear
passengers, three-point automatic seat belts fitted to all seats, belt
force limiters and belt tensioners in the front and ISOFIX child seat
mountings in the rear provides both the driver and his passengers with
extensive protection from injury, no matter what size they may be, or
their seating position. In the event of a rear end collision, the
active head restraints fitted to the front seats minimize the risk of
whiplash injuries to the occupants of the vehicle.
The examiners also awarded high marks with regard to child safety.
They certified that the new BMW 3 Series Sedan provides excellent
protection in the event of both a head-on collision and a side impact.
When test dummies fitted with sensors were strapped into seating
systems designed for three year old and one and a half year old
children, reassuringly at the moment of impact these
"children" were all registered as maintaining stable
positions with minimal head movements.
In order to optimise pedestrian protection, the new BMW 3 Series is
designed with flexible structures and precisely modelled body areas at
the front of the vehicle, which reduce the risk of injury to those on
foot in the event of a collision. In the Euro NCAP crash test, the
vehicle scored the maximum number of points for the design of the
bumper and the front area of the bonnet. This very positive assessment
also took into account the design of the structural elements at the
front of the vehicle - those that are relevant to head injuries to
children in the case of a collision.
The excellent results achieved by the new BMW 3 Series in the Euro
NCAP crash tests is rounded out by the exemplary, comprehensive safety
equipment. This sedan is equipped with Dynamic Stability Control
DSC and a tyre pressure indicator as standard equipment, optionally
including the Active Protection System and the Enhanced Emergency Call
with automatic location detection and determination of accident
severity. Back in 2010, BMW received the special Euro NCAP Advanced
Award for the BMW ConnectedDrive Advanced eCall, a capability unique
in the middle class.
The 5-star rating won by the new BMW 3 Series highlights yet again
the advanced level of safety technology designed into the current
models of the marque. Since the expansion of the testing program in
2009, the BMW models undergoing the Euro NCAP crash tests have all,
without exception, achieved the highest rating. Following the example
set by the BMW X 1, the BMW 5 Series, the BMW X 3 and the new BMW 1
Series, the new BMW 3 Series Sedan has now also passed these tests
with flying colours and been awarded 5 stars.