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ANCAP: 5 Stars For Skoda Fabia, Holden Astra And Jeep Grand Cherokee Photo:
Trevor Collett | Jul, 07 2015 | 1 Comment

Skoda’s new Fabia has been awarded the maximum 5-star safety rating by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) ahead of its local launch this week.

The result will come as little surprise to Skoda, with the model declared the safest car by sister organisation Euro NCAP from all cars tested in the European ‘supermini’ class throughout 2014.

To further cement the maximum safety rating, Skoda announced last month that all new Fabias sold in Australia will come with standard autonomous emergency braking (AEB).

This decision drew praise from ANCAP, with CEO Nicholas Clarke saying the benefits of AEB are well-proven.

"AEB systems have shown to reduce rear-end crashes by more than 50 percent,” Mr Clarke said.

“The introduction of more advanced AEB systems - which work at a range of speeds, and which are able to detect other obstacles such as pedestrians, cyclists and animals - will contribute to a further reduction in the number and severity of road crashes."

Holden Astra VXR
Holden Astra VXR

Mr Clarke called on other carmakers to introduce standard AEB to more models in their Australian line-ups, saying now is the time to “accelerate” the roll out of the safety feature.

General Motors’ small Astra hatch is now on sale again in Australia, this time wearing Holden badges in place of Opel.

The Opel Astra was awarded a 5-star safety rating by ANCAP in 2012, and the Program has confirmed this week that the re-born Holden Astra continues to offer 5-star safety in all three variants - GTC, GTC Sport and VXR.

Finally, following an upgrade from Jeep to its V6-powered Grand Cherokee models, all examples built after March 2013 have now been rated by ANCAP at 5-stars for safety.

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