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New Qashqai is 5 star but what's missing?

14 JULY, 2014

The Nissan Qashqai hitting the barrier in the frontal offset test.

ANCAP has today awarded two 5 star ANCAP safety ratings. The Nissan Qashqai and Mercedes-Benz C-Class took out the top prize. At the same time, a 4 star ANCAP safety rating has been released for the Ssangyong Stavic people mover - a mediocre result for the family-friendly model.

Good performance was seen across both petrol and diesel variants of the Nissan Qashqai enabling it to achieve the top 5 star ANCAP safety rating. The compact SUV (its previous incarnation known as the Dualis) scored well across all tests however one key additional life-saving safety technology is a notable omission.

"Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) is available on the European-sold Qashqai yet it is not available at all on Australian and New Zealand models. It is astounding to see yet another mainstream manufacturer despecify their models for our local market," said ANCAP Chairman, Mr Lauchlan McIntosh.

“AEB is a proven life-saver and all manufacturers should be doing their utmost to bring this technology to the market today. The lack of AEB cannot be a matter of cost as it is available on other inexpensive cars."

"Are lives in Australia and New Zealand worth less than those in Europe?" Mr McIntosh questioned.

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class scored its 5 star ANCAP safety rating with good crash test performance and a suite of standard safety assist technologies including standard AEB across all models and an 'active' bonnet for improved pedestrian protection. This rating applies to all current C-Class variants.

The updated seven-seater Ssangyong Stavic however fell short of the 5 star mark consumers are now expecting.

"A number of factors limited the Stavic to 4 stars including its average performance in the frontal offset crash test and the lack of head-protecting side curtain airbags," said Mr McIntosh.

Results from the frontal offset test of the Stavic showed chest and upper and lower leg injuries were likely for the driver. Structural integrity was lost at the lower A-pillar and movement of the brake pedal was excessive.

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

To search individual crash test results for over 490 vehicles, learn more about safety technologies, explore interactive features, watch videos and to download images and media releases visit ancap.com.au. Crash test images and video can be downloaded from ancap.com.au/media.


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