28 AUGUST, 2009
The safety of vehicles on the Australian market continues to improve, with a record number of 5-star new car safety ratings released by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program.
The 5-star ratings cover nine vehicles crash tested by ANCAP – Australia’s leading independent vehicle safety advocate – and from data provided by complementary overseas crash testing programs.
ANCAP announced the top occupant protection ratings for the Toyota Aurion, Holden Statesman and Commodore (all models built from August 2009), Subaru Outback, Subaru Liberty, Alfa Romeo Mito Hatch, Peugeot 308CC sports, Mercedes-Benz Viano and Australia’s first 5-star light commercial van – the Mercedes-Benz Vito (when equipped with optional side curtain airbags).
ANCAP Chair, Lauchlan McIntosh, said new car buyers have an increasing number of 5-star vehicles to choose from across a range of price brackets and, with the Vito rating, companies and fleet managers now had a top 5-star rating available in all vehicle categories except utilities.
“We continue to see more and more 5-star vehicles on the market for consumers, which is a great thing,” Mr McIntosh said.
“The Australian-built Toyota Aurion and Holden Commodore, Statesman and Caprice models now have the front passenger seat belt reminders that make them eligible for a 5-star rating.
“We welcome the first 5-star rating for the Australian-made Aurion. The Holden models join the Commodore Omega that earned a 5-star rating from ANCAP last year.
“Alongside these vehicles, ANCAP also congratulates Subaru for maintaining its industry-leading 5-star fleet with the new Liberty and Outback maintaining their top ratings.
“So we are seeing these life-saving safety features – which used to be the preserve of luxury vehicles – available in small and medium categories as well as offering professional drivers a 5-star van as their daily workplace. This is obviously good news for all those looking for a new vehicle.”
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.
For a full list of ANCAP’s vehicle safety ratings, including more commercial vehicles, and other vehicle safety information, go to www.ancap.com.au
Contact: Lauchlan McIntosh ANCAP Chair 0418 424 886
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