After a 12-month wait, Kia Australia can now finally announce that its Carnival people-mover has achieved the maximum 5-star rating for safety from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).
Due to its popularity in overseas markets, the Australian launch was pushed from late 2014 to early 2015, and into a stricter testing regime from ANCAP for the coveted 5-Star result.
Kia was of the belief that its Carnival with its ‘stand-up’ outer second-row seating did not require seatbelt reminders, as it deemed the seats ‘removable’. ANCAP disagreed, and thus the Carnival was ineligible for the 5-Sstar rating.
When the carmaker was made aware of this, it braced for the inevitable 4-Star result.
But when the expected result came, ANCAP also criticised the Carnival for its score of 10.48 out of 16 points for the offset frontal collision test.
Fast-forward to 2016, and the Carnival has not only achieved the maximum 5-sStar rating, it has done so under 2016 guidelines. The new frontal offset score is 14.29 out of 16.
“After a disappointing 4-Star result for the Carnival in March last year, Kia has worked to implement a number of safety improvements which have seen the vehicle reach the 5-star mark,” ANCAP Chief Executive Officer, James Goodwin, said.
“A number of design changes to the Carnival have seen the score in the frontal offset test increase substantially and consumers should feel confident the updated vehicle offers significant improvements to safety.”
The 5-Sstar rating applies to all Carnival variants built from December 2015 onwards, while petrol-powered Carnivals built between February and December 2015 retain the previous 4-Star rating.
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