Opel Insignia Shortlisted for Thatcham Safety Award: Could Autonomous Emergency Breaking Technology Soon Be as Essential as Wearing a Seat Belt?

Technology is fast becoming one of the most important factors in preventing car accidents on our motorways. A panel of international motor experts shortlisting models introduced to the market for the Thatcham Research Safety Award UK have declared that "... history of technology will come to recognise Autonomous Emergency Breaking (AEB) as the most important safety innovation since the seat belt."


The 'What Car?' Safety Award

The 'What Car?' safety award is intended to help consumers in their decision making as to what car they are best purchasing when thinking about safety features and benefits. In order for a model to qualify to meet the judging criteria for the 'What Car' it must come with AEB as standard to begin with. We are delighted to announce that one of our models, the five-star NCAP rated Opel Insignia, has made it to the shortlist.

The judges are some of the best international automotive safety experts in the world and include: Michiel van Ratingen: Secretary General, Euro NCAP, Peter Thomas: Professor of Road and Vehicle Safety, Loughborough University, Claire Evans: Consumer Editor, What Car? and Matthew Avery: Director of Research, Thatcham Research.

Opel have been early-adopters of crash preventative technologies, and core to their manufacturing is to advocate making safety a deal-maker when purchasing a car. A little research will ensure you get the safest car you can, whatever your budget.


Here are three simple steps to purchasing the safest car:

Make sure it’s a five-star car
Head to Euro NCAP’s website and check the safety score of any car you’re considering. If it has a five-star rating, then think about buying it.

Demand AEB
Understand whether the car has AEB as standard or as an option. If it has AEB as standard, then this may be the car for you.

Don’t downplay safety
Dealers might downplay the importance of safety systems to sell you an in-stock car that doesn’t have them. Don’t be tempted by the instant option, insist on a car that has the safety features you want and call into a dealership that will help you purchase the car that you need.


If you are interested in the Opel range, or the Opel Insignia in particular, then you can call into Windsor Liffey Valley Opel today. Click on the dealership hyperlink for more information or enquire about a test drive below:


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