The last thing any family wants to do ahead of their annual road trip this summer is worry about the safety of their car. Well, with the new Holden Equinox, families don’t have to and can focus on the important things in life – road trip snacks; BBQ or Pizza flavoured Shapes anybody?

It’s all because Holden’s newest SUV, Equinox, has bagged itself a five-star ANCAP safety rating – the maximum available – following multiple local crash tests performed recently.

“Safety is Holden’s number one priority, especially for family vehicles like Equinox. I’m a parent of three and I know the peace of mind a five-star rating, and a car packed with safety features, can bring,” said Holden’s Vehicle Safety Manager, Lindsay Mitchell. “Equinox packs a huge amount of high-tech user-friendly safety features that are designed to be used frequently and intuitively without being confusing or overwhelming.

“I personally love Equinox’s Safety Alert Seats* that give the driver a small vibration on the side of the seat a hazard is present. It works really well, especially when you’ve got the kids in the back screaming over the car’s beeps!”

The key to Equinox’s impressive safety credentials is its combination of active and passive safety features, designed to prevent accidents and protect occupants during accidents respectively. On the active safety front, the intelligent Holden Eye* forward facing camera provides Equinox with Auto Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist and Forward Collision Alert amongst other features. Equinox also boasts automatic headlights and automatic high-beam dipping to avoid dazzling other drivers.

Passive safety includes six airbags and two ISOFIX child seat attachment points.

To check out the new Holden Equinox’s safety features, customers are encouraged to visit their local Holden dealer with those that buy this year receiving an industry leading seven-year warranty and capped price servicing.

Safe to say, now is a great time to get into an Equinox.

MY18 Equinox Safety Feature Highlights

  • 6 airbags
  • Rear view camera and rear park assist
  • ISOFIX child seat anchorage system (x2)
  • Automatic headlamps with LED DRLs
  • Holden Eye forward facing camera system (LS+ and above)
  •      -Autonomous Emergency Braking
  •      -Lane Keep Assist
  •      -Lane Departure Warning
  •      -Following Distance Indicator
  •      -Forward Collision Alert with Head-Up Warning
  • Side Blind Zone Alert (LS+ and above)
  • Safety Alert driver’s seat (LS+ and above)
  • Rear cross traffic alert (LS+ and above)
  • Automatic high beam assist (LS+ and above)
  • Front parking sensors (LT and above)
  • Advanced park assist (automatic perpendicular and parallel parking) (LTZ and above)

*LS+, LT, LTZ and LTZ-V

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.

New mid-sized SUV, the BMW X3, enters the Australian and New Zealand markets with a 5 star ANCAP safety rating.

“The new BMW X3 offers high levels of safety for all members of the family,” said ANCAP Chief Executive, James Goodwin. Credible scores were achieved in the areas of Adult Occupant Protection (93 per cent), Child Occupant Protection (84 per cent) and Pedestrian Protection (70 per cent) with ‘Good’ or ‘Acceptable’ injury risk ratings recorded for the majority of critical body regions. ‘Marginal’ levels of protection were recorded for the chest of the rear passenger in the full width test and the chest of the driver in the pole test.

“The X3 is also well-specified with active safety technologies offering a slightly higher standard safety specification than the X3 offered in Europe. Lane departure warning and intelligent speed assistance systems are offered as standard inclusions on Australian and New Zealand models,” Goodwin said.

“It is encouraging to see standard safety inclusions being prioritised for our market,” Goodwin added. This 5 star ANCAP safety rating currently applies to xDrive20d variants only.

Independent vehicle safety advocate, ANCAP, published a 5 star safety rating for the new Toyota Camry.

“The new Camry enters the Australian market with the maximum 5 star ANCAP safety rating,” said ANCAP Chief Executive Officer, James Goodwin. “Maximum points were scored in the destructive pole and side impact crash tests, and a high score of 15.16 points out of a possible 16 points was achieved in the frontal offset test which replicates a headon crash.”

“The Camry remains a popular choice for families and fleet buyers so it is important high levels of safety are offered. It is encouraging to see the Camry fitted as standard with an autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system which operates at city and highway speeds, as well as an active lane support system.”

“We’re pleased to see Toyota maintain its high level of safety with manufacturing of the Camry having now switched from local production to a Japanese-built model,” Goodwin said.

This 5 star ANCAP safety rating applies to all Camry variants – 4 cylinder, V6 and hybrid. The Toyota Camry is due to go on sale in New Zealand in March 2018.

Volvo’s new XC60 mid-size SUV has been awarded the maximum 5 star ANCAP safety rating by independent vehicle safety authority, ANCAP, achieving class-leading scores in two key areas of assessment.

“The XC60 passed the assessment achieving not only 5 stars, but taking out the highest scores to date in the areas of Adult Occupant Protection and Safety Assist,” said ANCAP Chief Executive Officer, James Goodwin. The XC60 scored 98 per cent for Adult Occupant Protection and 95 per cent for Safety Assist.

“High levels of protection were recorded for occupants in all four crash tests, with only the chest of the rear passenger in the full width test and the lower legs of the driver in the frontal offset test seeing points deducted. All body regions received full scores in the side impact and pole tests.”

“This model is fitted as standard with an autonomous emergency braking system which operates at high and low speeds and can detect pedestrians. Performance testing of this system earned the vehicle full points. It also has an intelligent speed assistance system which uses a camera to recognise and inform the driver of the local speed limit,” Goodwin said.

This 5 star ANCAP safety rating applies to all D4, D5, T5 and T6 variants. The T8 hybrid is unrated.

Honda Australia’s family oriented CR-V SUV has received a 5-star safety rating in the latest Australasian New Car Assessment Program.

As Australia’s leading independent vehicle safety organisation, ANCAP rated the Honda CR-V as one of the top choices among the latest tests. Honda Australia Director, Stephen Collins said: “The fifth-generation Honda CR-V already offers an unsurpassed combination of style, versatility, technology and value.

“As a family-oriented SUV, CR-V customers and those considering purchasing a new CR-V can be assured that the CR-V’s Advance Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure puts a priority on crash safety.”

The ACE body structure offers energy-dispersing crash stroke front frame rails, hot-stamped ultra-high-strength steel door rings and sills, and tailor-tempered B-pillars and rear frame structures, which help to protect occupants in a collision, while also helping minimise weight.

The structure uses the engine compartment to efficiently absorb and disperse collision energy during a head-on vehicle-to-vehicle collision. It features a frame structure composed of a highly efficient energy-absorbing main frame, a bulkhead upper side frame that absorbs the upper part of the collision energy, and a lower member that helps prevent misalignment of the frames of the vehicles involved. This design disperses collision forces over a larger frontal area, which enhances energy absorption of the engine compartment, reduces the chance of deformation of the passenger compartment and results in enhanced occupant protection. At the same time, the structure reduces the chance of vertical or lateral misalignment between the vehicle and other vehicle's safety structures.

During a frontal collision, a conventional body structure generally concentrates the loads from the impact through two pathways running longitudinally through the lower portion of the frame. The body structure’s front side frame is designed to prevent cabin deformation by distributing forces through multiple major load bearing pathways and away from the passenger compartment. The overall result is a high level of bending and twisting rigidity for the body, combined with enhanced crash-worthiness with no additional weight penalty.

ANCAP’s specialised safety rating program provides Australian consumers with transparent information on occupant and pedestrian protection levels and the collision avoidance capabilities different vehicles would deliver in the most common types of serious crashes.

ANCAP Chief Executive Officer, James Goodwin said: “Customers who have bought or are considering the Honda CR-V which launched earlier this year can be assured of a high level of safety with low injury readings recorded in all physical crash tests.”

Two more Chinese brands have achieved the top rating from independent safety authority, ANCAP, with 5 stars awarded to the LDV T60 and Haval H2. The Honda CR-V also scores the top safety rating. “The LDV T60 dual cab enters the Australasian market this week with the 5 star rating it needs to gain sales traction in the highly competitive utility segment,” ANCAP Chief Executive Officer, James Goodwin said.

“This broadens the segment even further with added choice for safety-conscious consumers using their ute for work and weekends. The T60 performed well in our crash tests, although like all light commercial utes currently rated, it lacks autonomous emergency braking,” Goodwin added.

The 5 star rating applies to all 4WD dual cab T60 variants. Haval has also enhanced its appeal to consumers with a 5 star ANCAP safety rating for all variants of the H2 small SUV.

“Haval came close with its large SUV, the H9, which scored 4 stars when rated last year but the H2 improves on that rating, reaching 5 stars through increased levels of occupant protection,” Goodwin said. The 5 star rating for the H2 applies to models sold in Australia from October 2015, and New Zealand from August 2017.

“Customers who have bought or are considering the Honda CR-V which launched earlier this year can be assured of a high level of safety with low injury readings recorded in all physical crash tests,” Goodwin added.

All variants of the CR-V are covered by the 5 star ANCAP safety rating.

The Range Rover Velar has achieved a five-star ANCAP rating, confirming one of the world's most desirable luxury SUVs as among the safest too. The fourth member of the Range Rover family scored 93 per cent for adult occupant protection, 85 per cent for child occupant protection and 74 per cent for pedestrian protection.

“The Velar arrives in our market with strong all-round safety performance resulting in a 5 star ANCAP safety rating” said ANCAP Chief Executive Officer, James Goodwin. “Autonomous emergency braking is provided as a standard feature on the Velar and it operates effectively at high and low-speeds, and can detect and react to pedestrians.”

Velar features a comprehensive suite of safety systems, including Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection. The advanced technology can detect a collision risk with cars or pedestrians in the road ahead and automatically apply the brakes. The system was awarded a maximum six marks in the Pedestrian detection tests.

Matthew Wiesner, Managing Director Jaguar Land Rover Australia, said: “The light, stiff and exceptionally strong aluminium intensive body provides the foundation for a five-star ANCAP score. Allied to pioneering suspension technology and a comprehensive range of driver assistance systems, the new Range Rover Velar is not just one of the most beautiful SUVs in the world – it’s also one of the safest.”

By combining strong crash protection with advanced active safety systems, the Velar helps drivers to avoid accidents while providing excellent security to mitigate the effects of a collision if the worst does happen. ANCAP’s findings state: “The Velar saw ‘Good’ levels of protection offered to occupants in the side impact test which replicates a traditional ‘T-bone’ crash, as well as the oblique pole test which replicates a run-off road crash where the vehicle and driver’s head strikes a tree or light pole.

“Maximum points were scored for adult occupants in these two lateral crash tests, and child occupant protection – which looks at the protection offered for a 6 year old and 10 year old child – was also good.””

Range Rover Velar is available with an all-star cast of advanced driver assistance systems including:

  • Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection uses a forward-facing stereo camera to determine if a collision is imminent – full braking is triggered automatically to avoid collisions altogether, or to mitigate the effects
  • Reverse Traffic Detection uses radar to monitor vehicles approaching from either side when reversing. An orange warning illuminates in the door mirrors to alert the driver to any potential danger
  • Matrix-Laser LED headlights extend the range of full beam to 550 metres. The Adaptive Front Lighting system matches the light beam to the steering wheel angle, while the matrix technology selectively dims individual LEDs to maintain optimum light distribution without dazzling oncoming traffic
  • Lane Keep Assist detects unintentional lane drift and applies corrective counter-steering to maintain lane position
  • Driver Condition Monitor senses driver fatigue by monitoring steering, brake and accelerator inputs to provide alerts when tiredness is detected

Australasia’s independent authority on vehicle safety, ANCAP, has awarded the first 5 star ANCAP safety rating to a Chinese vehicle with the MG GS rising to meet the top safety threshold. The medium-sized SUV increases its ANCAP safety rating from 4 stars to 5 stars following a specification upgrade and strong performance in the pole test.

“We initially assessed this model earlier this year and saw that while structurally it offered sound levels of occupant protection, its safety specification did not meet what is now expected as a minimum for a 5 star car,” said ANCAP Chief Executive Officer, James Goodwin. “MG must be commended for upgrading this model and this achievement raises the bar for other similar brands entering the very competitive Australian new vehicle fleet,” Goodwin said.

The 5 star ANCAP safety rating applies to all MG GS models built from August 2017 and on sale from October 2017. The MG GS is produced by SAIC Motor and distributed locally by MG Motor Australia. 5 star ANCAP safety ratings have also been awarded to the Kia Rio, which entered the Australasian market in January, and higher-specified variants of the Suzuki Swift, on sale from June 2017.

“There is healthy competition within the Light Car segment, and the 5 star rating for all variants of the Rio adds to this.”

5 star thresholds were met by the Swift GL Navigator, GL Navigator with Safety Pack and the GLX Turbo, however the base model Swift GL fell short resulting in a 4 star rating.

“The Swift is an affordable car and we would encourage consumers to opt for one of the higher specified models to ensure they’re getting the best safety package,” Goodwin added.

Long-time road safety advocate and former ANCAP Chairman, Lauchlan McIntosh AM, has been elected as Chairman of the Global New Car Assessment Programme (Global NCAP) replacing retiring Chairman, Max Mosley. Current ANCAP Chair, Wendy Machin congratulated McIntosh on his appointment, “Lauchlan has been a dedicated advocate for road safety for decades – both in Australia and beyond,” she said.

“As a member of the Global NCAP Board of Trustees since its formation, he has been pivotal in encouraging collaboration amongst NCAPs around the world, and his appointment to Chairman will no doubt accelerate this for the betterment of consumers in all regions. We would encourage Lauchlan to use his time as Global NCAP Chairman to take the lead in assisting NCAPs to share their knowledge and experience,” Machin said.

“We all share a common goal to reduce the road toll through safer vehicles, whether that be through consumer information, industry encouragement or regulatory assistance, and we can accelerate road safety outcomes through increased collaboration,” Machin said. "I would like to thank Max Mosley for the guidance he has provided to Global NCAP during his time as Chairman. Important vehicle safety initiatives undertaken under his leadership have highlighted the need for non-regulatory pressure to effect faster change, particularly in emerging mobility markets.”

“It is pleasing to see vehicle safety is now at the forefront of minds in these regions,” Machin said.

Lauchlan McIntosh was the Inaugural Chairman of ANCAP, involved in the program from 1994 to 2016.