6 NOVEMBER, 2008
The Holden Barina has bounced back from a poor two-star safety rating to achieve 4-stars under the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).
ANCAP Australia’s leading consumer vehicle safety advocate, crash-tests new vehicles and awards them a safety rating based on internationally recognized protocols.
Korean-built Barina received widespread criticism following its two-star ANCAP rating in 2006, whereas the previous Barina model, sourced from Europe and tested by ANCAP in 2001, achieved a four star safety rating.
ANCAP Victorian Partners, RACV, VicRoads and the TAC, said the newly tested Barina has upgraded safety features and an improved structural performance.
“We are pleased to see a much better safety result for the Barina following the latest ANCAP tests. We believe that the previous two-star result affected the vehicles market sales,” the ANCAP Partners said.
“Holden has been keen to improve the Barina’s safety performance and ANCAP representatives met with the car's designers in Korea earlier this year. Holden has put effort into improving the passenger compartment’s structure and reducing the risk of knee injury.
“The company has also made head-protecting side airbags standard and added a driver seat belt reminder. These improvements have contributed to the Barina 3-door hatch reaching a four-star rating.”
The Barina now joins a range of other four-star vehicles in its small-car class as outlined on the results section of ANCAP’s website.
ANCAP is supported by all Australian and New Zealand motoring clubs, all Australian state governments, the New Zealand government, the Victorian Transport Accident Commission, NRMA Insurance and the FIA Foundation.
A full list of ANCAP’s vehicle safety ratings, including commercial vehicles, and other vehicle safety information, is available at www.ancap.com.au
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TAC: David Healy, 0418 558 678
RACV: Michael Case, 0417 119 408
VicRoads: Ross McArthur, 0408 035 987