The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has praised the efforts of carmakers taking part in the latest round of crash safety testing.
No less than seven models have achieved the maximum 5-star safety rating, which includes a mix of all-new and updated models for the Australian market.
“It is encouraging to see more 5-star ANCAP safety rated vehicles being released into the Australian and New Zealand markets giving consumers greater choice when buying a new vehicle,” ANCAP CEO James Goodwin said.
“The Volvo XC90 and Lexus IS both have Autonomous Electronic Braking (AEB) fitted as standard across all variants and we urge new car buyers to ask for this potentially life-saving technology when looking for a new vehicle.”
Mr Goodwin said the 5-star results for both the Fortuner and Everest demonstrates that customers shopping for off-road vehicles were placing an increasing emphasis on safety.
“The proportion of models achieving a 5-star ANCAP safety rating has gradually increased from zero in 2002 to 77 percent of rated models on sale today,” Mr Goodwin said.
The list of results for the latest ANCAP safety testing is below.
- Toyota Fortuner (all variants) - 5 stars: 33.95 out of 37
- Ford Everest (all variants) - 5 stars: 35.98 out of 37
- Volkswagen Passat (all variants – sedan and wagon) - 5 stars: 35.89 out of 37
- Ford Ranger MKII (all variants) - 5 stars: 36.72 out of 37
- Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series (all LC200 variants) - 5 stars: 33.72 out of 37
- Lexus IS (IS 250, IS350, IS 300h, and IS 200t variants) - 5 stars: 35.00 out of 37
- Volvo XC90 (all variants) - 5 stars: 97% adult occupant, 87% child occupant, 72% pedestrian (EuroNCAP test)
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