Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Jeep earns first ANCAP 5-star safety rating

28 May 2014

Jeep earns first ANCAP 5-star safety rating

Jeep has joined its competitors at the top of the vehicle safety ranks with its latest Cherokee SUV due for release in New Zealand next month.

The 2-litre diesel all-wheel drive Jeep Cherokee has been awarded a 5-star safety rating by the Australasian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP) announced today.

The Cherokee is the first Jeep model to receive a 5-star rating by the organisation. In 2012 the Jeep Wrangler (Sport, two door) and Jeep Compass (4x4 variants) earned 4-star safety ratings along with the Jeep Grand Cherokee in December 2011.

AA Motoring Services General Manager Stella Stocks says Jeep has been part of the New Zealand landscape for a number of years, but has lagged behind its main competitors in terms of the safety features it offered.

“While Jeep has lifted its game in the safety stakes, it’s really just catching up to its rivals to reach a spot all mainstream brands should occupy,” Ms Stocks says.

“However, the Cherokee has done a great job of adopting safety assist technologies (SATs) we have come to expect as standard.”

The Cherokee is fitted with a full suite of airbags and SATs that include roll stability, trailer stability, tyre pressure monitoring and daytime running lights as standard.

“It would be great to see Jeep take the next step by making some of its optional SATs such as standard autonomous emergency braking (AEB), adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, reversing collision avoidance and lane support systems available on standard models.

“While these are available as additional options for customers, I’d like all manufacturers to provide these life-saving SATs to everyone rather than just those who are prepared or able to pay extra.”

Also announced today are 5-star safety ratings for the Skoda Rapid already available and the Nissan Pathfinder hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) which is expected to be released in New Zealand later this year.

Transport Agency Access and Use General Manager Celia Patrick says the NZTA was working to improve the safety of New Zealand’s vehicle fleet as part of the Government’s Safer Journeys strategy and it was great news that the range of top safety-rated cars was continuing to grow.

"Crash statistics show that occupants of 5-star rated vehicles are much less likely to receive life-threatening injuries in a crash than occupants of lower rated vehicles. With today's safety technology 5-star safety 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.

The New Zealand Automobile Association is an incorporated society with over one million members. It represents the interests of road users who collectively pay over $2 billion in taxes each year through fuels excise, road user charges and GST.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

SOE Results: TVNZ Lifts Annual Profit 25% On Flat Ad Revenue, Quits Igloo

Television New Zealand, the state-owned broadcaster, lifted annual profit 25 percent, ahead of forecast and despite a dip in advertising revenue, while quitting its stake in the pay-TV Igloo joint venture with Sky Network Television. More>>

ALSO:

Insurers Up For More Payouts: Chch Property Investor Wins Policy Appeal In Supreme Court

Ridgecrest NZ, a property investor, has won an appeal in the Supreme Court over insurance cover provided by IAG New Zealand for a Christchurch building damaged in four successive earthquakes. More>>

ALSO:

Other Cases:

Royal Society: Review Finds Community Water Fluoridation Safe And Effective

A review of the scientific evidence for and against the efficacy and safety of fluoridation of public water supplies has found that the levels of fluoridation used in New Zealand create no health risks and provide protection against tooth decay. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Croxley Calls Time On NZ Production In Face Of Cheap Imports

Croxley Stationery, whose stationery brands include Olympic, Warwick and Collins, plans to cease manufacturing in New Zealand because it has struggled to compete with lower-cost imports in a market where the printed word is giving way to electronic communications. More>>

ALSO:

Prefu Roundup: Forecasts Revised, Surplus Intact

The National government heads into the election with its Budget surplus target broadly intact, delivering a set of economic and fiscal forecasts marginally revised from May to reflect weaker commodity prices and a lower tax take. More>>

ALSO:

Convention Centre: Major New SkyCity Hotel And Laneway For Auckland

Today SKYCITY Entertainment Group Limited revealed plans to build a new hotel and pedestrian laneway of bars, restaurants and boutique shopping on land it owns in the Nelson and Hobson Streets block, expanding the SKYCITY Entertainment Precinct. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Computer Power Plus

Standards New Zealand

Standards New Zealand
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news