BYD gets top European NCAP safety marks for Atto 3 SUV

LONDON — BYD received a coveted five-star Euro NCAP safety rating for its electric Atto 3 crossover, the latest Chinese automaker to receive top marks as it seeks to gain a foothold in Europe’s competitive car market.

Ratings from the European New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) are not binding, as it does not certify vehicles for road use. But European consumers pay attention to Euro NCAP’s safety tests and automakers aggressively market good ratings.

BYD is seeking to establish a foothold in Europe and has disclosed tentative prices for three full-electric vehicles that will be delivered in six European countries.

The Atto 3 will be sold for 38,000 euros ($36,480), while two midsize models, the Tang crossover and the Han sedan, have been priced at 72,000 euros.

Last week, German car rental company Sixt said it has committed to buying about 100,000 EVs from BYD in the coming years.

This week, BYD launched the Atto 3 in India, which sells in China as the Yuan Plus.

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