The Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has announced 5-Star crash safety ratings for 12 new vehicles in the Australian market this week.
Tested locally was Ford's updated FG Falcon MkII range, confirming existing 5-Star results across the range in sedan form, and five stars for the 'styleside' Ute models.
ANCAP has also adopted the 5-Star ratings of 10 other models as tested by its sister organisation Euro NCAP, including examples from Ford, BMW, Holden, Kia, Mazda and Mercedes-Benz.
For Kia, the brand-new Rio light car has picked up the top safety score, as has the still quite-new Optima medium sedan, which hit the Australian market in January this year.
“These results are a testament to the commitment of vehicle manufacturers to safety. All consumers, including mums and dads as well as fleet buyers, should ensure that they purchase ANCAP 5-star rated cars," ANCAP Chair, Lauchlan McIntosh, said.
“With the holiday period looming your choice of new car may well be a life-saver.”