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5-Star For VW Polo, But 4-Star Results For Toyota Camry Hybrid And Great Wall Motors SUV

27 APRIL, 2010

While the new VW Polo scored the top ranking 5-star ANCAP rating in new results released today, Australia’s newest hybrid vehicle, the Toyota Camry Hybrid, scored a 4-star safety rating as did the Great Wall Motors (GWM) X240 SUV.

ANCAP Chair, Lauchlan McIntosh, said “the 4-star result for Camry – which is the first of the environmentally-friendly vehicles to come off Toyota’s Australian production line – was the same result as the Camry tested by ANCAP in 2007”.

“The Camry Hybrid’s stablemate, the Aurion, received a 5-star rating last year and we think there was an expectation that this innovative vehicle would do as well. By contrast, the GWM utilities that we tested last November performed poorly and were only rated at 2-stars, so this new GWM X240 SUV is a significant leap forward,” Mr McIntosh said,

The ANCAP tests showed the structure and restraint systems in the X240 clearly performed much better than the V240 utility tested last November. Further improvements were possible as many similar vehicles were now achieving a five star rating.

The ANCAP tests of the Camry Hybrid showed the driver’s knees were vulnerable to injury from the steering column despite it being redesigned for keyless ignition. The Camry Hybrid also missed out on a passenger seat belt reminder that is now standard in the Aurion as well as in all Commodores and Falcons. “Around one fifth of all road deaths involve occupants not wearing seat belts so a seat belt reminder is a very important safety feature” he said.

Mr McIntosh urged buyers to look at all the all the features listed on the ANCAP web site to make an informed decision on safety when buying a new car.

For a full list of ANCAP’s vehicle safety ratings, including more commercial vehicles, and other vehicle safety information, go to www.howsafeisyourcar.com.au 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.
 


Contact:

Lauchlan McIntosh ANCAP Chair 0418 424 886
Allan Yates ANCAP 0421 150 229


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