The Alfa Romeo MiTo, which hits Aussie showrooms mid-2009, has been awarded a five-star Euro NCAP rating ? the highest possible score ? making it one of the safest cars in its segment.
The sleek new Alfa hatch racked up 36 points out of a possible 37 in the Euro NCAP adult safety ratings, and a judgement of ?good?, with a score of 3.35 ? finishing top of its segment and second overall ? in Euro NCAP?s new tests that assess the ability of the front seats to prevent whiplash.
Alfa Romeo?s intentions for the MiTo?s safety ratings are clear, with technology such as sophisticated electronic systems for control of vehicle dynamic behaviour, permanent Vehicle Dynamic Control for managing hill starts, traction control, assisted emergency braking, MSR for prevention of wheel lock during over-run, ?active electronic steering? Dynamic Steering Torque, and Q2 Electronic that simulates the presence of a self-locking differential electronically.
As with all modern cars, Alfa Romeo invested thousands of hours of virtual simulations into the development of the MiTo, although unlike many carmakers, Alfa completed the process over an exhausting but thorough 16 months. That wasn?t the end of the overall development cycle though, as the MiTo?s components and sub-systems were then put through 200 individual physical tests, along with 100 impact simulations, and more than 80 actual crash tests.
The new MiTo is fitted with seven airbags as standard (two of which are Multistage), three-point seatbelts for all occupants with double pre-tensioners and load limiters, and SAHR (Self-Aligning Head Restraint) ? a new second-generation system built into the backrests of the front seats the moves the head restraint closer to the occupants heads in the event of an impact to lessen the effects of whiplash.
The MiTo?s body shape and design has been optimised to ensure the safety of its occupants in the event of an accident, with the bonnet, doors, dashboard cross member, seats and steering column being a special focus.
For increased brightness, LED tail-lights are standard across the range.
Prices and specifications for the Alfa Romeo Mito will be announced when it goes on sale in Australia next year.