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Five-stars for BYD in latest Euro NCAP

Euro NCAP has released its latest safety ratings and assisted driving gradings for two new electric cars just launched in Ireland.

The passive and active safety performance of the new BYD Dolphin and BYD Seal have been assessed in the central rating, with both achieving five-star awards.

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Mercedes-EQ EQE SUV were also awarded ‘very good’ ratings in Euro NCAP’s separate assisted driving gradings.

The gradings consider ‘L2’ driver assistance systems, dividing assessments into two main areas: Assistance Competence, based on the balance between Driver Engagement and Vehicle Assistance, and Safety Backup.

When it comes to safety, Michiel van Ratingen, secretary-general of Euro NCAP said BYD has “hit the ground running”, adding that the brand has recognised that European car-buyers “will not compromise on safety”.

“But technology is evolving faster than ever before, and areas like Assisted Driving open new areas for competition, and Euro NCAP will ensure that these new technologies are introduced in a way that realises their full safety benefit,” he added.