Hyundai Motor announced on Dec. 13 that the Nexo, the hydrogen electric car the company released this year, has been selected as the “Best” vehicle of 2018 in the large off-road category of Euro New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), Europe's safety assessment program for new vehicles.
Euro NCAP announced the best vehicle in each category on Dec. 12. It selected Nexo in the large off-road category, Benz A class in the small family car category, Lexus ES in the large family cars and hybrid/electric car categories, respectively.
Each year, Euro NCAP selects the vehicles with the highest scores in the four categories of safety for adult passengers, safety for child passengers, safety assistance system, and safety for handicapped.
The Nexo became the world's first hydrogen electric car to receive Euro NCAP's highest five-star rating in October and was recognized as the safest SUV in Europe this year. The model received high marks in the front and side collision evaluation for adult passenger safety assessments and also received a high score in the child passenger safety category for its load limiter, which is a device that prevents secondary injuries caused by seat belt compression in the rear seat.
Euro NCAP is a European safety assessment program for new vehicles established in 1997, and it has been testing safety of vehicles sold in Europe and reporting results.