The European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) provides consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of cars sold in Europe. It is backed by 5 European Governments, the European Commission and motoring and consumer organisations in every EU country. Euro NCAP carry out thorough and tough crash tests on new cars to find out just how safe they are. Euro NCAP is regarded as one of the most important benchmarks for the passive safety of cars.