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Mike Stevens | Jul, 13 2012 | 0 Comments

The latest round of Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) testing has seen top 5-Star ratings awarded the brand-new Holden Colorado pickup, Hyundai i30 hatch and the new Subaru BRZ sports car.

The Colorado and i30 are both on sale in Australia now, and the BRZ makes its sales debut this week.

In a welcome new trend for light commercial vehicles, the new Colorado joins Ford's Ranger, the Mazda BT-50, Volkswagen Amarok, and Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon utes in holding the maximum 5-Star ANCAP safety rating.

"It’s satisfying to see manufacturers lifting the safety of light commercial vehicles. Manufacturers have been incorporating greater levels of safety into passenger vehicles for some time now, yet the safety of LCVs has trailed,” ANCAP Chairman, Mr Lauchlan McIntosh said.

"Pressure not only from ANCAP, but now big business, is encouraging manufacturers to elevate safety as a priority in the design and construction of new LCVs, and consumers are the winners."

In 2011, around 180,000 light commercial vehicles were sold in Australia, with only 13 percent carrying a 5-Star rating - compared to 60 percent of new passenger cars sold last year.

For Holden, the Colorado's top rating will also boost its appeal for fleet buyers, with many companies - and now also the Australian Government - requiring 5-Star safety scores.

Colorado safety features include four airbags (driver, front passenger, side curtains), along with electronic stability control and ABS.

The new Hyundai i30's rating applies to the 1.6 diesel and 1.8 petrol models, and continues the achievements of its predecessor, which also carried the top safety score.

Safety features standard across the i30 range include seven airbags, rear parking distance sensors, and vehicle stability management with electronic stability control, traction control, ABS, electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assistance.

Subaru's BRZ sports coupe, developed together with Toyota, adds to Subaru's range-wide 5-Star safety ratings.

Watch TMR this week for all the details on the Australian-delivered Subaru BRZ, including pricing, specifications and availability.

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