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TMR Team | Feb, 28 2013 | 6 Comments

A new round of Australasian New Car Assessment Program crash testing has seen top safety ratings handed down to the Toyota LandCruiser and Mitsubishi Pajero, and three stars to the Foton Tunland.

The results salute significant upgrades to the 200 Series and the ageing Pajero, while the Tunland 3-Star rating defies expectations, with importer FAA previously confident of a 4-Star result.

"4x4 buyers are sure to be pleased with the announcement of 5 star ANCAP safety ratings for all variants of the Toyota Landcruiser 200 Series and Mitsubishi Pajero models," ANCAP Chairman Lauchlan McIntosh said.

"These are very popular choices for fleets and families alike and we now know they'll be better protected in these upgraded models."


LandCruiser 200 Series

For the LandCruiser 200 Series, the 5-Star rating marks an upgraded result: until this year, only the VX and Sahara models were equipped with dual knee airbags, required for a 5-Star result.

Thanks to a 2013 model year upgrade, all LandCruiser 200 Series models are now 5-Star rated - up from four stars.

Standard across the 200 range is dual frontal, side chest and side head airbags, along with dual knee airbags. Antilock brakes, electronic brake distribution and electronic stability control are also standard, as are advanced seat belt reminders up front.


Mitsubishi Pajero

Mitsubishi's fourth-generation Pajero 4WD is now into its eighth year of production, but that hasn't stopped the ageing champion from landing a top safety score.

Upgrades for 2013, available from April production (billed as a 2014 model by Mitsubishi) see a 5-Star ANCAP rating awarded to all variants.

The Pajero has long featured most of the technologies required for a 5-Star rating, but the absence of seatbelt reminders and a risk of serious leg injury to the driver had held the big 4WD back.

Now, with upgrades to the body reducing the risk of leg injury and the addition of advanced seatbelt reminders, Mitsubishi has secured the top 5-Star rating.

Dual frontal, side chest and side head airbags (curtains) are standard. Antilock brakes (ABS), electronic brake distribution (EBD) and electronic stability control (ESC) are also standard.

The Pajero range also recently benefited from sharpened pricing and new features.


Foton Tunland

The Foton Tunland, developed specifically for Western markets, has fallen short of manufacturer and importer expectations, achieving on a 3-Star result.

The Tunland's ANCAP crash test report describes poor crash test performance, however the absence of Electronic Stability Control has also ensured that neither a 4- or 5-Star results can be achieved.

ANCAP established ESC as a mandatory requirement for 5 star ratings from 2008 and for 4 stars from 2012.

"ESC is a life-saver - particularly in vehicles with a higher centre of gravity. There really is no excuse for a new vehicle coming into the market today to be without ESC, which is now mandatory for passenger cars," said Mr McIntosh.

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