Commercial Van Safety Hits New Heights

The latest Euro NCAP Commercial Van ratings reveal a significant enhancement in advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) for commercial vans. Notably, 40% of the vehicles tested achieved the prestigious ‘Platinum’ rating, surpassing the new EU General Safety Regulation (GSR2) standards implemented on July 1, 2024.

Key Highlights

  • 40% of tested commercial vans received the ‘Platinum’ rating.
  • Vehicles excelling in performance include:
    • Ford Transit Connect
    • Ford Transit Courier
    • Maxus eDELIVER 5
    • Mercedes-Benz Vito
    • Nissan Interstar
    • Renault Master
    • VW Caddy Cargo
  • Mercedes-Benz Vito and Ford Transit Courier demonstrated superior performance, equipped with cutting-edge technologies typically found in passenger cars.
  • A total of 17 vehicles were tested, with all but one receiving either a Platinum or Gold rating.
Commercial Van Safety Hits New Heights

Euro NCAP has long advocated for equivalent ADAS technologies in both passenger cars and commercial vans. The latest ratings reflect a significant improvement as manufacturers align with new legislation. Dr. Michiel van Ratingen, Secretary General of Euro NCAP, stated:

“We have seen a significant improvement in the availability of ADAS as manufacturers comply with new legislation. Our Commercial Van ratings though are designed to drive the effectiveness and performance beyond what is required by GSR2. It is pleasing that vehicle manufacturers are responding to Euro NCAP’s tougher requirements and surpassing GSR2 standards, and we would urge fleet managers to consider Commercial Vans that have the Euro NCAP Platinum rating. These are the vehicles which most significantly outperform GSR2 regulations and offer commercial fleets safer choices that prevent or mitigate the severity of crashes and protect company reputation and their drivers.”

Commercial Van Safety Hits New Heights

Since December 2020, Euro NCAP has continuously tested popular commercial vans as part of its assessment program. Updated protocols in 2023 have further emphasized the need for greater ADAS technology integration. From 2026, Euro NCAP will exclusively test technologies available as standard.

About Euro NCAP

Euro NCAP conducts crash and safety tests on new vehicles, providing consumers with independent assessments of safety performance. Established in 1997 and supported by various European governments, motoring, consumer, and insurance organizations, Euro NCAP has been instrumental in driving significant safety improvements in new car designs.

Euro NCAP ratings apply to vehicles sold in Europe and may not be applicable to models in other regions, even if sold under the same name, due to variations in production specifications and equipment.

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