12 MAY, 2009
A family car built for the global market, the 2009 Holden Cruze, has been awarded a 5-star safety rating by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program.
The Cruze’s, 5-star rating is the second ANCAP 5-star rating for a Holden vehicle in less than six months – the Holden Commodore became the first locally-produced Holden car to receive the top safety rating late last year.
ANCAP Chair, Lauchlan McIntosh, said the Cruze, which will be launched on the Australian market later this month, had a broad range of safety features and had performed well in ANCAP’s crash tests.
The Cruze passenger compartment maintained its shape very well during the demanding frontal offset crash test and scored well in the other tests. These good structural results are complemented with good performing safety equipment including dual front, side and side curtain airbags, electronic stability control (ESC) anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic brake distribution (EBD) and advanced seat belt reminders.
ANCAP is the first consumer crash-test organisation in the world to test this model.
“This result continues the recent 5-star ratings for passenger cars, following the Ford Falcon and the Holden Commodore last year, and is great news for Australian new car buyers,” he said.
“It is pleasing to see manufacturers increasingly recognising the benefits of improving crashworthiness and including the latest safety features and technology into many Australian-made and imported cars. These results are obvious to consumers through the independent ANCAP 4 and 5-star crash test ratings.
“ANCAP is proud of its role in crash testing vehicles and highlighting safety comparisons over the past 15 years.
“We now look to further develop this safety performance emphasis through use of ANCAP’s Stars on Cars safety labels which provide the car’s safety rating at the point of sale – potential customers should ask about these labels and use the comparative ANCAP star ratings when making a decision to buy a new car
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 or search howsafeisyourcar.com.au
Lauchlan McIntosh ANCAP Chair 0418 424 886
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Allan Yates ANCAP 0421 150 229