June 06, 2019 By C! Magazine Staff

Japanese-spec Forester wins JNCAP safety award

Impreza, XV claimed the award in 2016-2017

The Japanese-spec all-new Subaru Forester earned the highest score and won the Grand Prix Award in the Japanese New Car Assessment Program (JNCAP) collision safety performance assessment.

The 2018-2019 Grand Prix Award in JNCAP marks the second crowning Subaru following the Grand Prix Award for the Impreza and XV in the 2016-2017 assessment. Subaru claims that winning these safety awards reflect the brand’s commitment to its all-around safety principle.

The new Forester employs the Subaru Global Platform, a new common architecture used in Subaru vehicles, and enhances passenger protection with improved energy absorption compared to previous generation. Combined with the optimized body structure and proper layout of high-tensile steels, the Forester improved passenger protection for frontal, side, and rear-end impacts with minimal weight increase.

Standard in the Forester is a pedestrian protection airbag. A pressure sensor inside the front bumper determines whether the vehicle has collided with a pedestrian, and the airbag covers the wipers and the bottom of the front pillars right after the collision is detected to reduce the impact on the pedestrian’s head.

Subaru said that it will continue to enhance its primary, active, passive, and pre-crash safety technologies under the
“all-around safety” principle, which underpins enjoyment and peace of mind for all drivers and passengers, and target to eliminate traffic accident deaths by 2030.

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