The Road Ahead : August September 2007
AUG/SEP 07 25 FEATURES STORY CHRIS BISHOP Local manufacturers are still just shor t of attaining the first five-star result for a homemade car in the Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), according to latest tests. Popular and Australian-made Aurion, Camr y and Commodore sedans from Toyota and Holden all achieved four star ratings -- comparable to those previously achieved by the Ford BA Falcon and Mitsubishi 380. ANCAP tested the VE Commodore, with dual front airbags and electronic stability control (ESC) as standard, Aurion with six airbags and ESC and two Camr ys -- one with two airbags and one with six. Aurion posted 'high' scores in this round of ANCAP tests but Toyota elected not to provide a vehicle for the optional pole test, which usually adds crucial points towards a five-star result. Both Toyota's Tarago people mover and Mitsubishi's two- wheel-drive Triton ute (dual airbags) also attained four stars. The news wasn't so good for another Mitsubishi. The Express commercial van offers no airbags and received one star. Hyundai's Accent gained a three-star result. On pedestrian safety Tarago, Camr y and Accent gained two stars from the simulated 40 km/h crash into a pedestrian, with Express, Triton, Aurion and Commodore ranking one star. Updates from aligned EuroNCAP tests apply to several cars on sale in Australia, however buyers are advised to check whether Australian models offer the same safety equipment. EuroNCAP five-star cars include Mini Cooper, VW Passat, Volvo C30, Ford Focus XR5, Honda Legend, Peugeot 207, Citroen C4 Picasso, and Land Rover Freelander 2. Crash results out A top crash test rating eludes local car-makers. SEE THE STARS Visit www.ancap.com.au for detailed crash test results.
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