Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Nine more vehicles join ANCAP’s 5-star constellation

Media Release:  Embargoed 12.01am 20 December 2013

Nine more vehicles join ANCAP’s 5-star constellation 

Toyota has lifted its game with further safety improvements to the Hilux 4x4 dual cab utility earning it a maximum Australasian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP) safety rating of 5 stars.

This is a step up from the 4-star safety rating delivered in 2006 which reflected a reduced selection of standard safety assist technologies (SATs) available.

The updated ANCAP safety rating applies to all 4x4 Hilux diesel and petrol duel cab variants built from November 2013.

Dual frontal, side chest and curtain airbags are standard along with antilock brakes (ABS) electronic brake distribution (EBD) and electronic stability control (ESC). Three point seat belts are fitted to all seats.

ANCAP has also noted the addition of energy absorbing padding in the steering column cover to protect the driver’s knees from the ignition barrel assembly in a crash.

The Hilux dual cab 4x4 now sits alongside the single and extra cab 4x4 variants which received 5-star safety ratings in September. The 4x2 variants maintain their 4-star safety rating.

ANCAP has also delivered 5-star safety ratings for a collection of other new vehicles across a range of market segments today:

•          Ford EcoSport Titanium
•          Isuzu D-Max and MU-X 4x4 variants
•          Mercedes-Benz CLA Class
•          Nissan Altima
•          Nissan Pulsar hatch
•          Suzuki SX4 S-Cross
•          Fiat Panda (Fiat Chrysler NZ indicates likely launch early next year)

AA Motoring Services general manager Stella Stocks says manufacturers are really starting to shine by lifting the bar with SATs.

“Consumers in the new car market will find it difficult to buy a car that doesn’t have a 5-star ANCAP safety rating, but some go the extra mile.”

Ms Stocks says consumers should expect ABS, EBD and ESC as standard along with front and side airbags.

“Other things to look for are driver knee airbags, which are standard in the Ford Ecosport for example, and advanced seatbelt reminders for all seats.

“Pedestrian safety is also important and some manufacturers have taken this to the next level with features that activate to improve pedestrian outcomes if hit,” Ms Stocks says.

The Mercedes-Benz CLA is equipped with an active bonnet which has sensors to detect when a pedestrian has been struck. The bonnet will lift to provide greater clearance to the hard parts underneath.
Transport Agency Access and Use General Manager Celia Patrick says it is great news for Kiwi motorists that the range of affordable top safety-rated cars is continuing to grow.

"Crash statistics prove that drivers and passengers in five star-rated vehicles are much less likely to be seriously injured in a crash than occupants of lower rated vehicles. 

“With today's safety technology, five star ratings are increasingly become the norm and we urge people to buy the safest vehicle they can afford.”

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.

The full list of ANCAP’s vehicle safety ratings, other vehicle safety information and the specifications of the rated vehicles are available online at aa.co.nz or rightcar.govt.nz.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Drone Strikes And Judith Collins‘ Last Stand

The news that a New Zealand citizen was killed last November in a US drone attack in Yemen brings the drones controversy closer to home.

To the US, drones are a legitimate response to the threat posed by the al Qaeda organisation and its franchisees... To the US, the drones carry the added advantage of not putting US troops at risk on the ground, and minimises the need for putting them in large numbers in bases in the countries concerned, always a politically sensitive point.

The counter-argument, well articulated by security analyst Paul Buchanan on RNZ this morning, is that this particular drone attack can be said to amount to an extra-judicial execution of a New Zealand citizen by one of our military allies, in circumstances where the person concerned posed no threat to New Zealand’s domestic security. More>>


Parliament Today:

Policies: Labour’s Economic Upgrade For Manufacturing

Labour Leader David Cunliffe has today announced his Economic Upgrade for the manufacturing sector – a plan that will create better jobs and higher wages. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Life And ACC Work Of Sir Owen Woodhouse

With the death of Sir Owen Woodhouse, the founding father of the Accident Compensation Scheme, New Zealand has lost one of the titans of its post-war social policy. More>>


Bad Transnationals: Rio Tinto Wins 2013 Roger Award

It won the 2011 Roger Award and was runner up in 2012, 2009 and 08. One 2013 nomination said simply and in its entirety: “Blackmailing country”... More>>


Select Committees: Tobacco Plain Packaging Hearings

The Stroke Foundation is today backing the Cancer Society and Smokefree Coalition who are making oral submissions to the Health Select Committee in support of proposed legislation to remove of all branding from tobacco products. More>>


Milk: Oravida Asked For Cabinet Help

New evidence released by New Zealand First today reveals Justice Minister Judith Collins used her position to manipulate the Government to help her husband’s company, Oravida, after the Fonterra botulism scare, says New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters. More>>


With Conditions: Ruataniwha Consents Approved In Draft Decision

The Tukituki Catchment Proposal Board of Inquiry has granted 17 resource consents relating to the $265 million Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme in a draft decision that would open more of the Hawke’s Bay to irrigation. More>>


Fast Lanes, Campervans: Labour 'Making The Holidays Easier For Kiwi Drivers'

The next Labour Government will make the holidays easier and journeys quicker for Kiwi families driving on the roads, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Royalty And Its Tourism Spin-Offs

Ultimately the Queen’s longevity has been one of her most significant accomplishments. A transition to Prince Charles while the monarchy was in the pits of public esteem in the mid to late 1990s would have been disastrous for the Royal Firm. Far more congenial representatives have now emerged... More>>


Privacy (Again): ACC Demands Excessive Privacy Waivers

Labour: “This is just another example of ACC under National deliberately acting to deny treatment and compensation... Those who did fill in the form have effectively been victims of yet another ACC privacy breach. This time Judith Collins knew it was happening..." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news