A few years ago, when choosing a car in addition to the price and design, you looked at the characteristics of the engine, and if the vehicle came with belts and airbags it was enough to satisfy the safety concerns. But the trend is beginning to change, and the protection of passengers is increasingly decisive in the purchase decision.
With more than eight decades of history, Volkswagen has been a pioneer in developing engines recognized for its quality and efficiency. However, the automotive strategy has evolved, and now it allows a large part of its research budget to complete the elements of active and passive safety.
This effort was recognized by Latin NCAP, an independent program supported by the Inter-American Development Bank, which impartially evaluates the safety levels of new vehicles launched in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The tests of the institute consist in simulating a real collision to the maximum, and include a frontal impact of 64 km / h of the vehicle against a barrier, the lateral impact to 50 km against a deformable fence, and also the lateral stroke A post at 29 km / h.
Four models of Volkswagen (up !, Polo, Virtus and Golf) are checked by the program to get the highest rating of 5 stars. In this account, and the sales data of the Association of Automotive Trade (Volkswagen), Volkswagen represents 74% of all vehicles with 5 stars that have been marketed in the country so far in 2018. This makes the brand in the safest in The local market.
Body and stability. "In the event of a crash, the most important thing is not that the vehicle has an extra airbag, but rather that the interior conserves its original form to the maximum," explains José Lestido, director of Julio César Lestido SA, the official representative From Volkswagen in Uruguay.
Body and stability
In the event of a collision, the most important thing is not that the car has an extra airbag, but the interior conserves its original form to the maximum, "explains José Lestido, director of Julio César Lestido SA, the official representative of Volkswagen In Uruguay.
The differential brand in this area is the modular MCB system. Volkswagen's exclusive technology uses high-speed rubber steels to absorb the impact better and thus protect the occupants. "In general, the body of a machine is stamped with cold steel, causing a calculated deformation of the sheet. In the MCB platform the steel is produced in hot, which achieves a structure up to four times more severe than the conventional method, "Lestido explains.
Another crucial element is the Electronic Stability Control (ESP), which prevents losing control in a curve, or due to excessive speed, a sudden maneuver or surface change. A typical danger situation is the maneuvers on dirt roads or gravel. Here the car is traveling on an unstable surface, and when it brakes or bends it can lose traction and slippery. With the ESP, the sensors of the machine recognize the critical situation and the system accelerates electronically. If necessary, reduce engine torque and even brake one or more wheels until stable is achieved.
Designs that also take care of the pedestrian
In addition to the 5-star rating, the Volkswagen Polo, Virtus and Golf Models also received the advanced Award of the Latin NCAP, for meeting the Fedestrian protection criteria. When approaching with pedestrians, the lines and shapes of the vehicles project the collision constantly upward, preventing it from being disarmed and suffering more severe.
Brakes and fatigue control
On the other hand, Matías Lagarmilla, the Volkswagen Brand Manager, stands out as a result of brakes. Although the law of traffic and road safety requires all 0 km of the country, the ABS anti-lock system, the brand takes the technology to the next generation with the Electronic Breakthrough (EBD) software, which distributes the forces between the rear and the front Axles and maintains control in emergency situations.
The manager explains: "Until now, brake systems have been distracted by pressure on all four wheels, which can generate difficulty if some of the wheels have different grips, for example, on another type of roadway like the rest, for example. Today, the EBD determines how much breaking force it gives to each wheel, to achieve a more precise breaking and at a lower distance. "
For its part, the traction control electronically monitors the torque of the motor to reduce the slip of the wheels during acceleration, or if the vehicle loses traction in a steep curve.
The elements are added to the automatic positioning collision system. In a crash, the driver may lose consciousness and do not step on the brake. The car keeps its trajectory, generating greater damage to the driver and to third parties. With this technology, after the impact the airbags are activated and the machine gradually reduces its speed until it reaches 10km / h.
Finally, Lagarmilla highlights the usefulness of the fatigue detector, which analyzes the contract of leadership in the first fifteen minutes of running, and if later it detects signs of being tired, it gives an alert to present a pause.
Meanwhile, the models up !, Polo, Virtus, Golf, Tiguan, Beetle and Went have the innovations in safety. The investment has brought prices to many hits exceeding competitions, but this did not prevent the brand of the best sold in the country in 2017 and in what will be in 2018. For Jose Lestydo, buyers are raising safety above other factors.
The best example of this trend is the Volkswagen up! The model, which competes in the most accessible vehicles, has a cost of US $. It. $ 13,990 in its basic version. This value is located above the rest of its competitors in the segment, and after its emphasis on safety has led it to become the best-selling model of the brand, with more than 8,000 units since its launch in 2015.
"The message we want to convey is that safety is our absolute priority, and in this area we offer the maximum available today.It is an applicable aspect that may not look like other aesthetic elements, but we consider that today it Is the main concern of our clients, "explains the director.
In order to raise awareness about the importance of the safety elements, Volkswagen is launching the "I'm Safe" campaign. For more information about this initiative, click here.
Securing security with tax rebates
According to José Lestido, the tax rate regime does not qualify for any vehicles that invest in safety. This generates that the cars with the characteristics are more expensive, and demotivate to the rest of the marks to follow the road. For the director, if you really want to promote safety, a measure that could be applied to tax liabilities for the vehicles, such as those currently owned by electric cars.