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Fiat wins praise for safety

Bear necessities: Award winning autonomous braking technology will be available in the Fiat Panda when it arrives in Australia later this year.

Panda, 500L both win praise for Fiat in latest European crash tests

General News logo27 Jun 2013

FIAT has earned a special award from Europe’s crash safety watchdog for the autonomous braking on its Panda and 500L — and the technology is coming to Australia.

The Italian car-maker’s City Brake Control system monitors the road ahead and will automatically apply the car’s brakes if it senses a collision is likely.

The technology has earned a pat on the back from the European New Car Assessment Program’s “Reward” program that recognises car-makers that make significant improvements to the crash safety of a vehicle.

At speeds below 30km/h, testing showed the system can avoid collisions completely, EuroNCAP said.

Fiat Australia has confirmed that the Panda city hatchback, which only earns a four-star EuroNCAP, will benefit from the safety system when it arrives on Australian soil late this year.

80 center imageFrom top: Fiat 500L and Honda CR-V undergoes EuroNCAP testing

The stretched-wheelbase, five-star Fiat 500L city hatchbackis still under review for Australia, but if it does go on sale here it is likely to share the Panda’s award-winning feature.

Mitsubishi’s five-star Outlander was also presented with an EuroNCAP Advanced award for similar self-braking technology, although Australian buyers wanting the system will have to shell out at least $45,490 for the top-of-the-line Aspire.

EuroNCAP has also awarded the Honda CR-V compact soft-roader a top- five-star crash rating.

The re-rating is the result of recent upgrades to the CR-V’s safety systems, including low-speed automated braking, a monitoring system that warns a driver if the car strays out of a lane, and adaptive cruise control that keeps a set distance from the car ahead at freeway speeds.

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