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Make Sure Of Safety In Fleet Vehicles

28 OCTOBER, 2010

Australia’s leading independent vehicle safety advocate, the Australasian New Car Assessment Program, today released a range of new results and also called on fleet managers and owners to check the safety rating of their work vehicles when making purchases.

ANCAP issued the advice as it released a 5-star safety rating for the Toyota Prado, a 3-star rating for the Ssangyong Actyon Sports Utility, and an updated 5-star rating for the Kia Soul.

ANCAP also released 5-star ratings for the BMW 5 Series (4 and 6-cylinder models), the Honda Insight and the Hyundai ix35.

ANCAP Chair, Lauchlan McIntosh, addressing the National Public Fleet Sector Managers’ Conference in Perth, said it was still a concern that many work vehicles had an ANCAP safety rating of 3 stars or worse.

“Today we have 5-star ANCAP cars in all categories, so there is no reason for fleet managers not to meet their duty of care in their occupational health and safety policies with the selection of 5-star rated cars,” Mr McIntosh said.

He also outlined the raising of the bar for ANCAP ratings over the next few years and called on the fleet managers to accept the new ratings in their long-term purchasing policies.

Mr McIntosh said the Kia Soul had received an upgraded 5-star rating following a production upgrade of the vehicle in Australia, which includes Electronic Stability Control and seat belt reminders for all seats. He added that it was pleasing to see the fuel-efficient Honda Insight added to the list of green vehicles with 5-star ANCAP safety ratings.

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 ANCAP is supported by all Australian and New Zealand motoring clubs, the Australian Government, the New Zealand Government, all Australian state governments, the Victorian Transport Accident Commission, NRMA Insurance and the FIA Foundation.

5 Stars

BMW X1
Mitsubishi ASX (2WD)
Peugeot 3008
Ford Fiesta sedan
Hyundai ix35
Kia Soul
Honda Insight
BMW 5 series
Toyota Prado
Mazda 2 (6 airbags with ESC)
Hyundai i20 (6 airbags)

4 stars

Hyundai i20 (2 airbags)
Mazda 2 (6 airbags without ESC)

3 Stars

Ssangyong Actyon Sports Utility

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Contact:

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


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