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TMR Team | Feb, 11 2013 | 1 Comment

A new round of crash safety test results from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program has seen top scores handed down for the new Mitsubishi Mirage, Volkswagen Beetle and Ford Kuga.

The Mirage went on sale in Australia earlier this year. The all-new Beetle is due this month, and the new second-generation Kuga will land later in the year.

For the Mirage, the high score adds value to the new model's low $12,990 drive-away starting point, making it one of the safest and most affordable light cars available in Australia.

Standard safety features in the Mirage include six SRS airbags - driver and front passenger, side and curtain. ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution is also standard as is active stability control.

For child-seat installation there are three tether anchors as well as two Iso-Fix rear-seat child-restraints.

The upcoming new Beetle's 5-Star rating also marks significant improvement, with the previous model carrying only a 4-Star rating.

Dual front airbags, side airbags and head-protecting side curtains are standard equipment in the new Beetle range.

Antilock brakes (ABS), electronic brake distribution (EBD) and electronic stability control (ESC) are also standard. Advanced seat belt reminders are fitted to all seats.

It's business as usual for the new Kuga, with its 5-Star score continuing the top marks of the outgoing model, introduced here last year.

Dual front airbags, side airbags, head-protecting side curtains and knee airbags are standard equipment. ABS, EBD and ESC are also standard, and advanced seat belt reminders are fitted to all seats.

"With a record number of new cars sold in 2012 and continued strong sales in the first month of 2013, it is most encouraging to see that nearly 70% of new cars sold in January held a 5 star ANCAP safety rating," ANCAP Chairman Lauchlan McIntosh said.

"ANCAP wants to see this positive trend continue as we raise the bar for all safety ratings year on year."

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