The latest independent safety assessments from vehicle safety authority, ANCAP, have demonstrated the ongoing commitment from vehicle brands to maintain 5 star standards against increasing criteria.

The Mazda CX-8 and Volvo XC40 have both achieved a 5 star ANCAP safety rating – the first models to be tested and rated by ANCAP to the latest, most stringent 2018 assessment protocols.

“The hurdles have been raised significantly for vehicles tested from 2018,” said ANCAP Chief Executive, James Goodwin.

“We now test and rate against four key pillars of assessment, and across these we have implemented a range of enhancements to encourage vehicle manufacturers to improve the active and passive safety elements of their models.”
“Most notably, we’re looking at the performance and effectiveness of active safety assist technologies, and the ability of a vehicle to protect a broader range of occupants, including children and females.”

“Parents of young children will know that not all vehicles have the ability to safely fit child restraints in all seating positions. To assist, child restraint installation now forms part of each rating.”

“We are assessing the correct installation of a range of commonly available restraints – from newborn to 10 years – in each of the rear seating positions, and 6 year and 10 year child dummies now feature in our physical crash tests.”

Vulnerable road user safety is also enhanced with added emphasis placed on avoiding crashes with pedestrians and cyclists, at day-time and night – over 100 different test scenarios.

“It’s encouraging to see Mazda and Volvo set the standard, with their CX-8 and XC40 models being the first to step up and achieve 5 stars against our increased test standards,” Goodwin said.

“Good levels of performance were achieved by the CX-8 in the area of Child Occupant Protection, with our assessment engineers praising its ability to safely accommodate child restraints in all five rear seating

The 5 star ANCAP safety rating applies to all Mazda CX-8 variants.

“The XC40 performed well across all areas of assessment, offering emergency lane keeping functionality and the full range of autonomous emergency braking systems,” said Goodwin.

All-wheel-drive variants of the Volvo XC40 have achieved a 5 star ANCAP safety rating. The two-wheel-drive T4 has not been assessed and is ‘unrated’.

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

The new Peugeot 3008 enters the popular Small SUV segment with a 5 star ANCAP safety rating following good results in physical testing and the presence of an advanced speed assistance system.

“The Peugeot 3008 performed well in testing with high scores achieved in the side impact and whiplash tests,” said ANCAP Chief Executive Officer, James Goodwin. Injury risk was low for the driver and passenger in the full width frontal test yet the protection offered to the driver’s chest in the frontal offset test was marginal.

“As a standard offering across the range, all variants are fitted with an intelligent speed assistance system which uses a camera to identify signposted speed limits and allow the driver to set the speed limiter appropriately. A lane departure warning system is also standard, while some variants are available with a more advanced function which provides active lane keep assistance,” he said. “The functions available in this and other new models entering our market are part of a wave of semiautonomous vehicle technologies which will work to improve road safety and form the basis for more highly autonomous vehicles in coming years,” said Goodwin.

This 5 star ANCAP safety rating applies to all 1.6 and 2.0 litre diesel and 1.6 litre petrol variants available in Australia and New Zealand.

Two new cars have entered the Australasian market this week with 5 star ANCAP safety ratings - the Subaru XV and Holden Astra sedan.

“The Astra sedan and XV offer high levels of protection to occupants across a variety of crash scenarios including frontal, side and rear-end crashes,” said ANCAP Chief Executive Officer, James Goodwin. The Subaru XV achieved a ‘Good’ pedestrian protection rating and a ‘Good’ rating for whiplash protection. The 5 star ANCAP safety rating applies to all variants.

“Autonomous emergency braking, which can assist the driver by braking automatically in a critical situation, is offered as standard on the three higher XV variants however it is not available on the base variant.”

The pedestrian protection rating for the Astra sedan was ‘Acceptable’ and its whiplash rating was ‘Good’. Autonomous emergency braking (AEB) is not available on the Astra sedan.

“It is disappointing autonomous emergency braking is not available across the board on two new models and we continue to encourage consumers to ask for, and brands to offer, this potentially life-saving technology,” said Goodwin. “As our requirements become more stringent next year, it will not be possible for new models to achieve a 5 star ANCAP safety rating without an effective AEB system fitted as standard.”

Holden’s all-new Astra Sedan has joined its hatch sibling in being awarded the maximum five-star ANCAP safety rating following recent testing in Australia.

Developed in Europe alongside Astra Hatch, the all-new Astra Sedan’s safety credentials are built from its lightweight, high-strength steel safety cage which provides outstanding levels of passive safety, particularly in side impact testing. Complementing the high-strength steel safety cage are other passive safety features including two ISOFIX child seat attachment points to aid easier child seat fitment.

While passive safety performance is critical when a vehicle is involved in a collision, it goes without saying that preventing a collision is even better, and this is another area in which Astra Sedan performs well. As with recent releases including Colorado, Trailblazer, Astra Hatch and Trax, rear park assist and rear view camera are offered as standard across the range, helping to prevent low-speed parking collisions and reducing the potential for accidents during reversing situations.

Key to Astra Sedan LT and LTZ’s active safety is the use of the ‘Holden Eye’ forward-facing camera which is packed with technology designed to alert or correct the driver before a collision situation is even close. Key features include Lane Keep Assist, which nudges you back into the lane if you veer out, Forward Distance Indicator and Forward Collision Alert, which advise a safe distance to the vehicle in front and warn of a potential impact respectively.

Another important feature to prevent collisions is Side Blind Spot Alert which gives drivers an indication of when a vehicle is approaching in their blind spot via an illuminated icon in the exterior mirrors.

“The safety features on our vehicles is of paramount importance to us and with Astra Sedan, we’ve taken a long list of features available in the global program,” said Holden’s Director Vehicle Performance & Safety, Ian Butler. “The passive and active safety features are critical to Astra Sedan’s appeal and one feature that ranks as really important for us is offering a rear view camera as standard across the Astra range. The rear view camera is something we expect drivers to use multiple times a day and often in situations where people are close by and it’s easy not to see them. Getting this into the entire Astra range as standard was a no-brainer.”

The ANCAP five star rated Astra Sedan goes on sale in Australia in early June.

Astra Sedan safety features include:

  • Rear view camera and Rear Park Assist
  • Front Park Assist (LT, LTZ)
  • Holden Eye forward facing camera that facilitates (LS+, LT, LTZ):
  •     Lane Departure Warning
  •     Lane Keep Assist
  •     Forward Distance Indicator
  •     Forward Collision Alert
  • Side Blind Spot Alert (LT, LTZ)
  • Rain-sensing wipers (LTZ)
  • Automatic park (LT, LTZ)
  • Auto high-beam lights (LS+, LT, LTZ)
  • 2 x ISOFIX child seat attachment points