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Andrew Maclean | Jul, 19 2018 | 0 Comments

Volvo and Mazda are the first car makers to pass tougher safety tests introduced by the New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) in 2018.

The new Volvo XC40 and Mazda CX-8 SUVs have achieved five-star crash-test ratings that now include testing its ability to avoid an accident in the first place through active driver aids, as well as protecting a wider range of occupants inside the vehicle including children and females.

“The hurdles have been raised significantly for vehicles tested from 2018,” said ANCAP boss Mr James Goodwin.

“We now test and rate against four key pillars of assessment, and across these we have implemented a range of enhancements to encourage vehicle manufacturers to improve the active and passive safety elements of their models.”

“Most notably, we’re looking at the performance and effectiveness of active safety assist technologies, and the ability of a vehicle to protect a broader range of occupants, including children and females.”

“Parents of young children will know that not all vehicles have the ability to safely fit child restraints in all seating positions.  To assist, child restraint installation now forms part of each rating.”

“We are assessing the correct installation of a range of commonly available restraints – from newborn to 10 years – in each of the rear seating positions, and 6 year and 10 year child dummies now feature in our physical crash tests.”

ANCAP says its regime to improve safety by assessing active driver aids is not only designed to protect vehicle occupants, but also other road users, including pedestrians and cyclists.

It says the systems are tested in over 100 different scenarios, including various times of the day.

“It’s encouraging to see Mazda and Volvo set the standard, with their CX-8 and XC40 models being the first to step up and achieve 5 stars against our increased test standards,” Goodwin added.

Goodwin praised the CX-8 in particular for its child occupant protection, with modern ISOFIX mounting points for child restraints in all five of its rear seats, while the XC40 provides Volvo's full complement of semi-autonomous driving functions at an accessible price.

The five-star rating applies to all variants of the CX-8 while only the all-wheel drive models of the XC40 were tested.

 
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