4 DECEMBER, 2008
The Commodore Omega has delivered an early Christmas present to Holden — achieving a five-star safety rating from ANCAP (Australasian New Car Assessment Program).
The Omega’s five-star-turn follows the five-star safety rating recently achieved by the Ford Falcon FG, the first Australian-made car to achieve the highly desirable five-star milestone.
However, despite the Omega sedan’s five stars, other Commodore sedan models will not become eligible for the five-star rating until Holden incorporates a passenger seat-belt reminder warning in their other variants throughout 2009.
ANCAP, Australia’s leading, independent, consumer vehicle safety advocate, crash-tests new vehicles and awards them a safety star-rating based on internationally recognised protocols.
ANCAP Victorian partners, RACV, VicRoads and the Transport Accident Commission (TAC), said it was excellent news that Holden had achieved a five-star rating with the improved Omega model.
“Of course it is disappointing that this five-star result does not apply to all Commodore sedan models, but we are confident Holden will address this next year,” the ANCAP Victorian partners said.
“There was an issue with the lack of a front passenger seat belt reminder on the Commodore, but Holden has undertaken to incorporate these reminders into their production processes through 2009 to ensure other Commodore variants offer the same levels of protection.
“We encourage new car buyers of the variants to make sure these reminders are available when they make their purchase.
“Regrettably road-crash fatality statistics show that many drivers and passengers are failing to buckle up and are suffering the consequences.”
Other ANCAP crash-test results released today include the Ford Falcon Ute and Honda Jazz, which achieved a four-star rating respectively, while the Nissan Micra car, Nissan Navara D22 4WD and the Isuzu D-Max Utility 2WD and 4WD models all received a three-star rating.
The ANCAP Victorian partners described the three-star results as “simply not good enough for consumers”, especially considering the growing number of four and five-star vehicles available.
“New car buyers should expect good safety ratings as much as performance, and there is a wide range of four and five-star safety rated vehicles on the Australian market today,” they said.
While the four-star Honda Jazz base model with dual airbags performed well in crash tests, the six-airbag variants were not eligible for five stars as they did not have Electronic Stability Control, (ESC), a proven life-saving technology readily available in many new cars.
Similarly, while the Falcon Ute performed well in crash tests and ESC is now available, Ford did not elect to submit the ute for the optional side-pole test, to be able to demonstrate five-star performance.
“ANCAP is still waiting for the breakthrough of a five-star commercial vehicle so that trades people, couriers and other such vehicle users can have the same level of safety as company executives,” the partners said.
The partners were also disappointed with the pedestrian protection levels of tested vehicles.
“Unfortunately, pedestrians do not fare well in the latest round of results with the Commodore, the Navara and D-Max 4x4 utility earning one star for pedestrian protection, the Falcon Ute and Micra, two stars and the Honda Jazz, three stars out of a possible four,” they said.
“These results are clearly disappointing.”
ANCAP is supported by all Australian and New Zealand motoring clubs, Australian state governments, the New Zealand government, the Victorian TAC, the Insurance Australia Group 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
RACV, Michael Case, 0417 119 408
VicRoads, Ross McArthur, 0408 035 987
TAC, Sam Cockfield, 0418 316 749
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