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February 5th, 2007





Satria Neo Has Been Engineered To Optimise Occupant Protection And Safety

Safety played a key role in the engineering and design of the Satria Neo, from the passive safety intrinsic in the strength and rigidity of the body structure to the active safety elements designed to keep the driver out of accident situations.

Satria Neo is one of Proton's new generation of safety conscious cars built to enhance control by delivering better ride and handling through the structural integrity of the body as well as optimal tuning of suspension and the inclusion of the most advanced safety devices.

A suite of passive safety devices including dual front SRS airbags, seat belt pre-tensioners, crumple zones and a three part collapsible steering column protect occupants in case the car is involved in a crash.

Satria Neo has also been designed to provide optimum and uncompromising active safety.

From the precise and progressive steering response to its predictable behaviour and enhanced stability, the Satria Neo has been engineered to stay out of dangerous situations.

Active safety features include ABS (anti lock four wheel disc brakes) calibrated for Australian driving conditions, Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), Lotus tuned ride and handling and power assisted rack and pinion steering as standard.

At the core of the Satria Neo's safety credentials is the strong capsule structure designed to be stiff and secure in critical areas, while absorbing impact in specially designed crumple zones, ensuring occupants are well protected.

Ride and handling and structural integrity work together to make more responsive, safer, stronger cars that ensure better occupant protection and maximum levels of control across a wide array of driving conditions.

As a result Satria Neo boasts a chassis rigidity strength of 14,000n/mm making it a class leader among small cars.

With better ride and handling the Satria Neo delivers safer, more stable accurate control at all times. The extremely rigid body uses high tensile steel to withstand bending forces through the structure, which has enabled Proton engineers to increase torsional rigidity for better control of suspension components, improved handling, cornering agility and control.

Doors are reinforced with double impact trapezoidal bars made from high tensile steel while there is also a side impact capture device, which prevents the doors being pushed into the cabin in the case of a side impact. The device hooks the doors onto the strong body frame to prevent excessive intrusion.

Proton's strong focus on safety also extends to rigorous testing of passenger restraint devices to ensure safety and protection, cushioning occupants and reducing injury from secondary impact.

The three point collapsible steering column absorbs crash impact reducing injury to the driver in a crash while the seat and seat belt anchorage points have been extensively sled tested during the design and development of Satria Neo to ensure they remain firmly fastened to the floor of the car.

Front seat belts are equipped with seat belt pre tensioners to hold the seat belt firm in a crash while the SRS air bags have been tested and tuned for optimum firing times.

Satria Neo was subjected to and excelled in, a range of collision and impact tests meeting international safety standards stipulated by Australian and International Design Rules.
Satria Neo also has greater torsion rigidity compared to the previous Proton Satria and has been tested against a number of German and Italian marques during the development process.
It has also been engineered with bake hardened steel as the material for outer panels of both the front and rear doors, giving higher resistance to denting and greater strength to the door structure of the vehicle.

Bake hardened materials were also extended to the tailgate outer panel and bonnet outer panel.

These high levels of safety were the result of maximising computer-aided and simulated crash testing applications. This enabled Proton engineers to assess the impact results on screen and expedite the acquisition of the desired levels of passive safety.

Satria Neo features a handy reminder to help prevent drivers leaving headlights on while there is another alarm to help prevent the driver being locked out of the car by warning when the key has been left in the ignition.

In terms of vehicle security Satria Neo boasts several improvements on previous Protons including a significantly better alarm arm and disarm button is improved to prevent accidental activation or de-activation.

The vehicle also has an alarm integrated with keyless entry and the vehicle immobiliser system, which uses a uniquely encoded transponder chip.


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