Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has announced that the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has awarded the all-new Eclipse Cross SUV Coupe the highest 5-star safety rating. The ANCAP revealed that the Eclipse Cross achieved a 97 per cent rating for Adult Occupant Protection and an 80 per cent Pedestrian Protection rating.

The new SUV Coupe’s ‘Forward Collision Mitigation’ system performed well, with collisions avoided or mitigated in all test scenarios and at all test speeds. Overall, the Eclipse Cross scored maximum points in many of the tests performed, helping the vehicle to secure the highest safety rating possible.

This 5-star ANCAP safety rating will apply to all variants of the Eclipse Cross SUV. MMC began shipment of the new Eclipse Cross compact SUV to Australia already with sales will commencing this month.

In November last year, Mercedes-Benz announced that Australian adventurers would be able to add an extra level of comfort to their journeys when the Marco Polo ACTIVITY was introduced in 2017.

Now in the lead up to the first vehicles arriving at dealerships in late May, ANCAP have recognised the Marco Polo ACTIVITY with a 5 Star ANCAP rating. The safety rating is applicable to all existing and future orders placed for the Australian market and validates that Mercedes-Benz Vans customers will continue to enjoy the same level of safety offered in other Mercedes-Benz Vans variants.

Diane Tarr, Managing Director, Mercedes-Benz Vans said “The Marco Polo ACTIVITY opens up a completely new way of enjoying freedom and spontaneity with a vehicle. It combines leisure and daily use to perfection. When you have a vehicle encouraging adventure and exploration, it also needs to be safe.”

“We are proud of this achievement as a company and I want to praise the co-operative engagement by ANCAP which has been instrumental in us achieving this result. We have already had strong interest in the Marco Polo ACTIVITY and dealers have been placing orders since Novemeber last year. We believe this vehicle will have broad appeal - covering discerning individuals to young families and sports or outdoor activity enthusiasts. It complements Australians’ love of the outdoors really well.”

Combining the best of functionality, flexibility and recreational capabilities in one vehicle, the Marco Polo ACTIVITY represents a brand new addition to the highly successful van range in Australia. It boasts a powerful 4-cylinder fuel-efficient turbo diesel engine, 2.5t towing capacity, reversing camera and satellite navigation.

The Marco Polo ACTIVITY measures up at 5.14m x 1.93m x 1.98m with high-comfort driver and front passenger seats that can be swivelled to face the rear passenger compartment when the vehicle is parked. The rear three-bench seat can be removed to provide a large loading area for carrying bulky items or folded down to form a bed. The lie-down area is approximately 1.93m x 1.35m. The roof pops up to reveal another bed, which can take weight of up to 200kg. It also features an auxiliary heater that can be programmed to preheat the vehicle and keep it warm when the vehicle is stationary.

This makes the Marco Polo ACTIVITY a versatile vehicle for those with an active lifestyle – useful during the week and playful on the weekend. The manual pop-up roof is made from a breathable and water-resistant fabric. There are also zippered window flaps on both sides of the roof material that can be easily opened for ventilation purposes. The maximum standing height with the roof open is approximately 2350mm.

Other key standard product features include luxury interior trim, folding table package, 7G-TRONIC 7 speed automatic transmission, 25000/1-year service interval, driver and front passenger front airbags, thorax-pelvis and curtain airbags, Crosswind Assist, ATTENTION ASSIST, ADAPTIVE Electronic Stability Program ESP®, reversing camera, Adaptive Brake lights, light and rain sensors and Active Parking Assist with front and rear park sensors. There are two batteries with cut-off relay for the second battery. This allows users to tap into the second battery without draining the starter battery.

The Marco Polo ACTIVITY is already available to order.

Leading independent vehicle safety advocate, the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), awarded the new Toyota C-HR with the maximum 5 star ANCAP safety rating coinciding with its launch onto the Australasian market around the corner.

“The C-HR is an example of an affordable model which meets high levels of safety in all areas of assessment,” said ANCAP Chief Executive Officer, James Goodwin. “As a new entrant in the competitive Compact SUV segment, top safety credentials are a must if it is to win consumer sales, and it is encouraging to see key safety features provided as standard.”

“We’re continually raising the bar, and vehicle brands which keep pace will be rewarded with our 5 star stamp,” he added. The Toyota C-HR performed well in each area of assessment. Good or Acceptable occupant protection scores were seen across body regions in each of the destructive crash tests. The C-HR also comes fitted with autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and lane support systems (LSS) as standard.

“It is disappointing though that the AEB system on C-HR models supplied to our market is not as advanced as the system fitted to European models where it can detect pedestrians,” said Goodwin.

The new ŠKODA Superb has been awarded with the maximum 5-star rating in the Euro NCAP crash tests. Euro NCAP confirms the outstanding safety standard of the new ŠKODA top model that has only been launched onto the first markets recently. The latest Euro NCAP top result also shows the high safety standard of the entire ŠKODA model range: in the course of their respective market launches, all current model lines of the manufacturer have been awarded with the maximum 5-star rating in the Euro NCAP crash tests.

The Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Programme) rating includes the categories occupant protection for adults and children, pedestrian protection and safety assistance systems. The new ŠKODA Superb has been awarded with the maximum 5-star rating in all four categories. The new ŠKODA Superb offers safety without compromise: using MQB technology of Volkswagen Group, the brand’s top model scores well with numerous safety assistance systems. In the event of a collision, state-of-the-art restraint systems with up to nine airbags, a more rigid body and specifically optimised crumple zones offer the best possible occupant protection. There is also a completely new chassis that guarantees stability, comfort and agility.

The new ŠKODA Superb offers an array of new assistance systems and impresses with a safety standard that has not been seen as standard for vehicles in this segment up until now. The technology supports the driver in the most diverse traffic situations, from keeping at a safe distance and staying in lane to emergency braking in the case of an impending collision. The new Superb is fitted as standard with Electronic Stability Control including Multi-Collision Brake. In most EU countries, the following safety features are fitted as standard: Front Assist with City Emergency Brake, electronic tyre pressure monitor and XDL, an extended function of the electronic differential lock. In addition, several safety assistance systems are optional. The Superb is the first model of the brand to be available with Blind Spot Detect, Rear Traffic Alert, Traffic Jam Assist and Emergency Assist. Further optional safety systems are: automatic distance control (Adaptive Cruise Control), proactive occupant protection (Crew Protect Assist), Lane Assist, speed limiter, fatigue detection (Driver Alert) and traffic sign recognition (Travel Assist).

Additionally, innovative lighting systems in the new ŠKODA Superb provide significantly more safety. The Superb is the first model of the brand to come with masked high beam (Smart Light Assist). The latest Euro NCAP top rating for the new ŠKODA Superb highlights that the current ŠKODA model range is safer than ever before. In the course of their respective market launches, all current model lines have been awarded with the maximum 5-star rating. Prior to the new ŠKODA Superb, the new ŠKODA Fabia was awarded with 5 stars in November 2014. The maximum 5-star rating was also achieved by the models ŠKODA Octavia (2013), ŠKODA Rapid (2012), ŠKODA Citigo (2011) and ŠKODA Yeti (2008).

The outstanding results of the ŠKODA vehicles in the Euro NCAP crash tests is the result of extensive efforts by the manufacturer to achieve maximum active and passive safety. As part of its corporate social responsibility, the company is also involved in many ways in improving safety on roads and motorways. Euro NCAP is an independent consortium of European ministries for transport, motoring clubs, insurers and consumer groups. The organisation carries out crash tests with new car models and assesses their safety.

The new ŠKODA Superb will arrive in Australia in 2016. Local specification and pricing will be available at the time of launch.

Kia Motors America’s (KMA) all-new 2016 Sorento SUV has received the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) 5-star overall safety rating. Built in the U.S. at Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG)**, Sorento is KMA’s best-selling SUV, having sold more than 100,000 units each of the past five years, and offers a long list of standard safety features and an expertly engineered body structure. “NHTSA’s recent 5-star rating of the 2016 Sorento is a testament to Kia’s commitment to safety. The Sorento is all-new for 2016 and is Kia’s most capable SUV ever, yet still offers customers the tremendous value Kia is known for,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning. “Meant for customers with active lifestyles, Sorento is the perfect getaway vehicle for adventurers and families on the go, and they can feel confident knowing their vehicle scored a 5-star NHTSA rating – the highest rating achievable from NHTSA.”

The core of the all-new 2016 Sorento is its significantly enhanced platform. The structure increases torsional rigidity by 14 percent over the 2015 Sorento. The unit-body consists of 53-percent Advanced High Strength Steel, a 115 percent increase over the previous model. Liberal application of industrial strength adhesives, the use of dual-seal lip joints as well as large diameter and laser welding techniques combine to make the 2016 model the most robust and durable Sorento ever. The all-new Kia Sorento will be launched in Australia in June.

Kia Motors America’s (KMA) all-new 2015 Sedona (Carnival) has earned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) 5-star overall safety rating. With its long list of standard safety features and robust body structure, the Sedona received a 5-star rating on the NHTSA front-impact, side-impact and pole tests.

“NHTSA’s recent 5-star rating of the 2015 Sedona is a testament to Kia’s commitment to safety. The Sedona is all-new for 2015 and combines SUV-like styling, inside and out, with exceptional quality and the tremendous value our brand is known for,” said Orth Hedrick, vice-president, product planning. “As families begin planning summer vacations in their Sedonas, they can feel confident in the engineering that went into their vehicle and that NHTSA has validated the product with its highest safety rating.”

The 2015 Sedona is built on an all-new chassis with static torsional stiffness that is 36-percent greater than its closest segment competitor. Furthermore, 76 percent of the body is composed of Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS), which provides exceptional rigidity, durability and crash protection for all occupants. Adding to its stout structure, the Sedona has been engineered to distribute impact loads evenly through the body with ultra-high-strength steel tubes installed in the A pillars.

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has awarded all variants of the new-generation Mitsubishi Triton a maximum five-star safety rating in advance of its Australian debut this month. Mitsubishi’s 2016 Triton benefits from the standard fitment of a comprehensive range of active and passive safety features, which includes dual front SRS, side and curtain airbags and a driver’s knee airbag. Advanced seat belt reminders are fitted to all seats across its Single, Club and Double Cab model range, along with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Emergency Brake Assist (EBA). A reverse camera will be available as a standard feature on some variants and a genuine accessory on remaining models.

Mitsubishi Motors Australia CEO Mutsuhiro Oshikiri said the new Triton was designed to meet the highest safety standards. “Triton has built a long-standing reputation as an honest, reliable and durable light commercial vehicle in Australia, and the fifth-generation Triton takes this to a new level,” he said. “The new Triton has been developed with passenger car-like attributes of comfort, quietness and advanced safety, while retaining Triton’s traditional durability and toughness. “We’re pleased to confirm that all models in the 2016 Triton range have been recognised with a maximum five-star ANCAP safety rating well ahead of their arrival in Mitsubishi showrooms.”

Full specification and model line-up details will be announced at the 2016 Mitsubishi Triton launch in late April.

Launched in Australia and New Zealand mid last year, the current model Honda Jazz continues to offer 5 star safety to occupants and pedestrians. This 5 star achievement was the result of five physical crash tests conducted by both ANCAP and sister program, ASEAN NCAP based in Malaysia. "ANCAP has for 15 years been making use of shared crash test data with its European counterpart, Euro NCAP, however today's rating for the Honda Jazz is a first in terms of data sharing arrangements with ASEAN NCAP," said ANCAP Chairman, Mr Lauchlan McIntosh AM. "ANCAP has been instrumental in the establishment and ongoing mentoring of the ASEAN NCAP test program with their program growing in leaps and bounds since its formation in 2012."

"ANCAP's use of ASEAN NCAP data from the 64km/h frontal offset crash test [for the Honda Jazz] is testament to the quality and professionalism of the ASEAN NCAP program. This reciprocal data sharing relationship will no doubt continue as we start to see more vehicles enter the Australasian market from Southeast Asian manufacturers and manufacturing plants," added Mr McIntosh. All variants of the Honda Jazz (July 2014 - onward) offer electronic stability control (ESC), electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD), emergency brake assist (EBA), reversing collision avoidance (camera) and emergency stop signal (ESS) standard.

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.