31 Aug 2014

ANCAP safety ratings now easier for consumers

ANCAP is making it easier for consumers to identify the requirements against which each car has been tested through the addition of a datestamp component to its ANCAP safety rating logos.

In order to provide consumers with the safest cars possible and encourage continuous improvement in vehicle safety design, ANCAP is continuing to raise the bar for each of its safety star ratings year by year.

The new datestamp component (e.g. "Tested 2014") signifies the Rating Year requirements against which a vehicle has been tested.

"Consumers are now well aware of ANCAP and its 1 to 5 star safety rating system and are interested to know how a 5 star rating of earlier years compares with a 5 star rating of today," said ANCAP Chairman, Mr Lauchlan McIntosh AM.

"ANCAP prides itself on the provision and presentation of independent and easy to understand ratings to consumers. As the ANCAP test program moves in line with the rapid progression of vehicle safety design and technologies, the introduction of datestamping to ANCAP ratings is the next step in clearly communicating the differences in a car rated today compared with a car rated in forthcoming years," said Mr McIntosh.

The ANCAP rating logos with datestamp (see example adjacent) have been issued for all new ratings published from July and will be rolled out across ANCAP and manufacturer advertising materials and other relevant new car information sources over the coming months.

For more information on the introduction of the ANCAP rating logos with datestamp, see Datestamping: The Facts.

ANCAP is supported by all Australian and New Zealand motoring clubs, the Australian Government, the New Zealand Government, Australian state and territory governments, the Victorian Transport Accident Commission, NRMA Insurance and the FIA Foundation.

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