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Standard-fit AEB cuts insurance costs for Crafter

This summer’s introduction of standard-fit autonomous emergency braking (AEB) systems has cut insurance group ratings for the new Crafter.

Thatcham tests on Crafter AEB technology
Tests by Thatcham Research have certified the successful performance of the Crafter’s standard AEB systems at all speeds.

Volkswagen’s Front Assist with City Emergency Braking technology was introduced as a standard feature on 1 June on all newly ordered Caddy, Transporter and Crafter vans. The technology has been found to cut third-party injury insurance claims by 45% in Thatcham research.

Now, as a result of successful AEB tests by Thatcham Research at the end of July, the new Crafter benefits from a reduction in insurance group ratings by up to four groups. This means the starting group for the Crafter range is now 34.

Sarah Cox, head of marketing for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, said: “When we took the decision earlier this year to give our customers safety as standard by fitting AEB to all our vans, we knew it was the right thing to do: it would keep drivers safe, vehicles on the road and reduce costs.

“Seeing the results of the Crafter test and the subsequent reduction in insurance group ratings reinforces our decision, and reassures customers looking for a van that choosing a Volkswagen is the responsible choice for their business.”

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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