ANCAP: Ford Ranger And Honda CR-Z Get 5-Star Crash Safety Ratings Photo:
Mike Stevens | Oct, 28 2011 | 0 Comments

Ford's all-new Ranger pickup, in 4x4 specification, has landed a 5-Star crash safety rating from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), based on tests carried out by sister organisation Euro NCAP.

In Europe, the Ranger is the first pickup the achieve a 5-Star rating. While the burly Ford was beaten to the punch in the Australian market by Volkswagen's Amarok, ANCAP Chair Lauchlan McIntosh says the real winner is the buyer.

“Ford Australia has worked hard to develop this ute and ANCAP congratulates the team responsible for this excellent outcome,” Mr McIntosh said.

Mr McIntosh stressed that the 5-Star rating applies only to 18 of the Ranger's 20 variants, as these models are fitted with head-protecting side airbags.

The remaining two models - both 4x2 variants - lack these additional airbags on the standard equipment list, and therefore carry a 4-Star rating.

“We are surprised that the single cab ute does not include these airbags – a proven safety feature – and are disappointed they are not standard across the range,” he added.

“This seems to be a shortcoming, particularly as these vehicles will be targeted towards fleet purchases.”

The Ranger is far from alone in not offering side airbags as a standard across the range, with most light commercial vehicles offering the additional airbags as an option, or as standard on top-shelf models only.


Honda CR-Z

Honda's new CR-Z hybrid sports car has also achieved a 5-Star ANCAP crash safety rating, based again on tests carried out by Euro NCAP last year.

The CR-Z scored 14.56 out of 16 in the offset crash test, with the passenger compartment holding its shape well. Euro NCAP however noted a slight risk of serious chest and leg injury for the driver and passenger.

A score of 16 out of 16 was awarded in the side impact crash test and a further two points in the pole test.

Honda confirmed earlier this year that the CR-Z will make its debut later this year. TMR will be attending the launch, watch for our "first drive" review.

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