21 September 2011
Australasia's leading independent vehicle safety advocate, the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), today announced a number of safety ratings for new vehicles on the Australian market – ranging from 2 to 5 star results.
ANCAP assessments resulted in 5 star ratings for the Audi A6, the BMW X3 SUV, and 4-star results for the Citroen Berlingo and Renault Kangoo vans – these ratings are based on results from ANCAP’s sister program, EuroNCAP, which uses similar testing and assessment protocols to ANCAP.
ANCAP also announced a 4 star rating for the Nissan Micra, a 3 star rating for the Geely MK car and a 2 star result for the Mahindra Pik-Up utility with dual airbags – based on ANCAP crash testing and assessment in Australia.
ANCAP Chair, Lauchlan McIntosh, urged new car buyers to check ANCAP safety ratings when buying a new car.
"These results show that, while we are seeing an increasing number of 5-star vehicles in Australia, there are still new cars coming onto the market with considerably lower ratings which provide less crash protection for drivers and passengers," Mr McIntosh said.
"While motorists have a wide range of models available at different pricing points – and at different safety levels irrespective of price – the ANCAP safety assessment is a vital and valuable aid in the selection of a new car."
ANCAP is supported by all Australian and New Zealand motoring clubs, the Australian Government, the New Zealand Government, all Australian state governments, the Victorian Transport Accident Commission, NRMA Insurance and the FIA Foundation.
For a full list of ANCAP’s vehicle safety ratings and other vehicle safety information, go to ancap.com.au.
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