The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has this week handed down the maximum 5-star safety rating for a range of vans and people-movers on the Australian market.
The Ford Tourneo Custom is a people-mover variant of the Transit Custom sold in New Zealand.
It was different story, however, for the Mercedes-Benz Vito.
The Vito receives a split safety rating, with 5-stars awarded to models fitted with optional curtain side airbags, falling to 4-stars for models without this safety device.
ANCAP said that all Mercedes Vito models will soon be eligible for the maximum 5-star rating, as side airbags will be standard in all models commencing in July this year.
“Mercedes-Benz has taken the responsible action to work with ANCAP to improve safety and address the 4-star result,” ANCAP CEO, James Goodwin, said.
“This is an encouraging outcome for safety and [Mercedes] should be commended for working quickly to implement these important safety improvements.”
Mr Goodwin said the 5-star safety ratings for the other tested vehicles provided both commercial and private buyers with greater choice in the van and people-mover categories.
The ANCAP CEO added that many employers now require a 5-star ANCAP-rated vehicle for their employees, and the addition of these Ford and Mercedes-Benz models to the 5-star list offered greater choice to van buyers.
The Program noted that the Mercedes models tested all scored an ‘acceptable’ rating for pedestrian protection, while the Ford models were rated at ‘marginal’.
Under ANCAP’s ‘date-stamp’ rating system, the Ford Transit will be stamped ‘Tested 2012’ while the Mercedes models will be ‘Tested 2014’. Each reflects the relevant ratings criteria of the test year.
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