ANCAP testing the Volvo S90
20 Mar 2017

ANCAP awards top marks for Audi A5, Volvo S90 and Hyundai Ioniq, but…

ANCAP has awarded five-star ratings for the new Audi A5, Volvo S90 and Hyundai Ioniq, but the results are a little confusing.

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Euro NCAP Land Rover Dsicovery crash test
03 Mar 2017

New Land Rover Discovery and Audi Q5 get Euro NCAP 5 star rating

The all-new Land Rover Discovery and Audi Q5 have been given a five-star rating by Euro NCAP.

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Toyota C-HR scores 5 star ANCAP rating
01 Mar 2017

2017 Toyota C-HR scores 5 Star ANCAP rating, but…

The newly launched 2017 Toyota C-HR has scored a 5 star ANCAP rating but ANCAP is disappointed Australian variants don’t get the European-spec AEB system.

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Isuzu D-Max keeps five-star ANCAP rating
07 Feb 2017

Isuzu D-Max keeps 5 Star ANCAP rating

Hot on the heels of the shocking Ford Mustang ANCAP rating, Isuzu’s new D-Max has kept its five-star rating.

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Following the announcement by ANCAP yesterday that the Ford Mustang had scored just two stars in crash testing, EuroNCAP has spoken out. THE FORD MUSTANG might be the only sports car to have been tested under stricter 2017 NCAP guidelines, placing emphasis on pedestrian safety and rear-seat occupant protection, but both ANCAP and Euro NCAP highlighted key issues. The main being the difference between "less wide ranging US consumer safety tests" and Ford's decision not to feature "life-saving technology like Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) that is available even on the Ford Fiesta," said Matthew Avery, Director of Research at Thatcham Research (EuroNCAP voice in the UK). “We have not given a Two Star Euro NCAP rating to any of the top 10 car brands since 2008”, comments Matthew Avery, Director of Research at Thatcham Research. “This really bucks the trend. Car buyers are increasingly benefitting from improved safety functionality and features, and this applies equally to cars in the sports roadster category as to family cars. We have concerns about the Ford Mustang’s crash protection of adults and children which also makes it unsuitable for having rear passengers," Avery said. “What really concerns me,” continues Avery, “is that Ford has made a deliberate choice. The car has been designed to score well in less wide-ranging US consumer safety tests and only minor updates have been made to meet required European (pedestrian) safety regulations. This has resulted in poor adult and child protection scores and the high-tech radar collision warning system that is available to US consumers, not being available here in the UK. The Two Star Euro NCAP rating is the consequence.” Speaking with Ford yesterday, Practical Motoring was told it believed it had performed well in key areas like adult occupant protection. But this is at odds with the findings of Euro NCAP and ANCAP. For instance, in the frontal offset test, the airbags of both the driver and passenger inflated insufficiently to properly restrain the occupants. In the full-width frontal test, a lack of rear seatbelt pre-tensioners and load-limiters meant that the rear passenger slid under the seatbelt, implying higher risk at abdominal injuries in real life accidents. In the side impact crash, the head of the 10-year dummy contacted the interior trim bottoming out the curtain airbag. "Ford has said that a face-lifted Mustang will be available later this year with Pre-Collision Assist and Lane Keep Assist as standard. Euro NCAP expects to test the safety of this updated model when it is available on the European market," Euro NCAP said. There is a suggestion that even if the refreshed Ford Mustang was re-tested that internal rules allow it to move only one star higher, Practical Motoring has contacted ANCAP for an answer on this. It says this on the ANCAP website: "In general, ANCAP does not re-test vehicle models within the same model series unless changes that would affect the rating are introduced. In these cases, vehicles may either undergo new physical crash test(s) or ANCAP may use technical evidence to determine a revised rating". However, retesting of cars is something that Euro NCAP has regularly done, allowing car makers to modify their vehicles to ensure safer cars are being sold. The most famous example was the BMW 5-Series which, in 2004, was tested by Euro NCAP before its release and the results were "disappointing". BMW then modified the vehicle and the subsequent re-test resulted in a five star score. Question: "a lack of rear seatbelt pre-tensioners and load-limiters meant that the rear passenger slid under the seatbelt, implying higher risk at abdominal injuries in real life accidents," said Euro NCAP... so, should the Ford Mustang be recalled to have its rear seatbelt fixed?
26 Jan 2017

Euro NCAP speaks out on 2-Star Ford Mustang rating

Following the announcement by ANCAP yesterday that the Ford Mustang had scored just two stars in crash testing, Euro NCAP has spoken out.

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The all-new Ford Mustang is one of the best-selling cars on the market, yet in shock news released today has scored a shocking 2-star ANCAP rating.
25 Jan 2017

Shock! Ford Mustang scores 2-star ANCAP rating

The all-new Ford Mustang is one of the best-selling cars on the market yet in shock news released today has scored a shocking 2-star ANCAP rating.

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Hyundai Elantra gets 5 star ANCAP rating
11 Jan 2017

Why is ANCAP claiming success with 43 out of 45 cars rating 5 star?

ANCAP is claiming safety success with 43 of the 45 cars it assessed in 2016 rating as five-star cars, but why because not all five-star cars are equal…

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ANCAP and Subaru Impreza
15 Dec 2016

ANCAP 5 Star rating for Subaru Impreza, M-B E-Class and Fiat 500X

ANCAP has announced five-star ratings for the new Subaru Impreza, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Fiat 500X.

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Holden Astra
08 Nov 2016

2017 Holden Astra scores 5 star ANCAP rating

The 2017 Holden Astra is being launched in Australia this week with ANCAP awarding it a five-star rating based on EuroNCAP testing.

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2016 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series Single Cab Chassis GXL
25 Oct 2016

Refreshed Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series pricing announced

Toyota has announced prices and specification tweaks for its long-running LandCruiser 70 Series.

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24 Oct 2016

Toyota Landcruiser 70 single cab gets a 5 star ANCAP safety rating

The Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series single cab scores a 5-star safety rating, but there’s devil in the detail.

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Volkswagen Tiguan
06 Oct 2016

New Volkswagen Tiguan, BMW X1 and Jeep Renegade score 5 star ANCAP rating

The all-new Volkswagen Tiguan, BMW X1 and Jeep Renegade have been awarded five-star ANCAP ratings.

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Kia Piccanto
27 Sep 2016

Kia Picanto maintains 5 Star ANCAP rating…

Despite Indonesian-sold Kia Picantos recently receiving a 0 ASEAN NCAP rating, Australian ANCAP says models sold here retain a 5 star rating.

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Holden Colorado score 5 star ANCAP rating
11 Aug 2016

New Holden Colorado scores 5 star ANCAP rating… How does it compare?

The new Holden Colorado has scored a 5 star ANCAP rating realising 34.89 out of 37 for dual cab and crew cab models.

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ANCAP Mazda MX-5 pedestrian
07 Jun 2016

New Mazda MX-5 ND scores a 5-star ANCAP rating and best-ever pedestrian rating

Mazda’s fourth-generation MX-5 is the first to score a 5-star safety rating and the highest pedestrian rating for a vehicle tested in Australia…

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