February 06, 2011 19:01 ET

Safety First, Says Swinton Car Insurance

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Feb. 6, 2011) - The top five safest cars have been revealed according to the European New Car Assessment Programme, highlighting the importance of safety over aesthetics when choosing cars.

The Euro NCAP ratings set the industry standard concerning safety, and to achieve the coveted five star rating cars must accomplish a high combined score. This year the cars that topped each of their categories were as follows:

  1. Executive Class - BMW 5 Series
  2. Small Family - Alfa Romeo Giulietta
  3. Supermini – Honda CR –Z
  4. 4X4 – Kia Sportage
  5. MPV – Toyota Verso

Swinton Car Insurance has conducted an online survey of 1,200 customers looking into their buying habits, and discovered that only 46% value safety over engine size and astonishingly 27% value safety over aesthetics. Swinton Car Insurance is warning its customers of the importance safety plays and to always check when buying a car its Euro NCAP rating.

Steve Chelton, Insurance Development Manager at Swinton Car Insurance, said: "Safety is always an important factor when choosing a car, not only are there the obvious benefits of having a safe car but it can also help save on insurance premiums, as safe cars are often cheaper to insure".

About Swinton

  • Swinton Commercial is the dedicated commercial insurance division of the Swinton Group
  • Swinton Commercial was awarded Commercial Lines Broker of the Year 2008 and is a finalist at the British Insurer Awards 2009
  • With 603 branches nationwide Swinton is the UK's largest high street insurance retailer
  • Unlike many other companies in the financial services industry, Swinton is committed to keeping its branches open for business, and part of the community
  • Swinton provides a one-stop-shop for the insurance and related needs of its clients, offering home, car, caravan, business, holiday, motorbike and even classic car insurance
  • With a dedicated team of advisors on hand at every branch to search a panel of insurers to offer quality cover at competitive rates

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