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Trevor Collett | Mar, 07 2014 | 1 Comment

The new Toyota Corolla Sedan, Peugeot 5008 and upcoming Subaru WRX have all been awarded ANCAP's maximum 5-star safety rating in the program's latest round of testing.

For Toyota, the new Corolla Sedan matched the 5-star rating awarded to its hatch sibling when it hit Australia last year, with the Corolla going on to be the top-selling car in Australia for 2013.

The crash test revealed the Corolla offered good structural protection, and it also ticks the box for standard reversing camera.

Peugeot’s 5008 also comes with a standard reversing camera, and the people-mover performed well across all areas of the ANCAP test.

Seatbelt reminders are fitted to all three rows of seats, while the side curtain airbags also extend to every row.

The Subaru WRX joined a small group of vehicles currently on sale in Australia which offer a protection rating of ‘good’ for pedestrian safety, with most cars achieving the minimum standard of ‘acceptable’.

"This is the direction in which we want to see manufacturers heading," ANCAP Chairman, Lauchlan McIntosh, said.

"In recent years we've seen manufacturers achieve vastly improved results with the majority of major brands now building to 5-star standards. What we want to see now is manufacturers which strive beyond the requirements - offering even higher levels of structural and active safety to consumers."

Mr McIntosh said it was disappointing that none of the three vehicles was equipped with standard autonomous emergency braking (AEB).

The Corolla was the third-highest selling car in Australia last month with 3332 sales, while Subaru managed 845 sales for all of its Impreza models combined, with the new WRX performer set to be launched here soon.

Peugeot found new homes for just 14 of its 5008 models last month.

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