New Toyota Fortuner and Ford Everest score 5 Star ANCAP rating
The new Toyota Fortuner and Ford Everest have scored 5 Star ANCAP ratings while a crop of refreshed models, including the Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series have retained their top ratings.
ANCAP HAS ISSUED the new Toyota Fortuner with a 5 Star ANCAP rating based on the performance of the Toyota HiLux which recently received a 5 Star rating. On the ANCAP website, but not in the release about the results, ANCAP said “ANCAP and ASEAN NCAP conducted crash tests on the Toyota Hilux utility. ANCAP was provided with evidence showing that the results apply to the Fortuner sports utility vehicle, which is based on the Hilux”.
Also receiving a 5 Star ANCAP rating and with a better overall score was the new Ford Everest (35.98 for the Everest and 33.95 for the Fortuner). The new Volvo XC90 and the Volkswagen Passat also rated 5 Stars.
The updated models of the Ford Ranger MKII, Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series and the Lexus IS all continue to hold a 5 star ANCAP safety rating.
“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 Chief Executive Officer 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,” he said.
“Five star ratings for both the Toyota Fortuner and Ford Everest demonstrates the increasing safety focus in the off-road SUV marketplace,” Mr Goodwin said.
“The proportion of models achieving a 5 star ANCAP safety rating has gradually increased from zero in 2002 to 77 per cent of rated models on sale today,” Mr Goodwin said.