93% coverage for ANCAP

93% coverage for ANCAP

Australasian New Car Assessment Programme testing now covers 93% of the market – with the awarding of five-star safety ratings to both the Suzuki Vitara and Kia Optima.

Both models previously ranked as top-selling unrated models in their class.

“We’ve awarded the maximum five-star ANCAP safety rating for the Suzuki Vitara, which is a real boost for consumers and Suzuki,” says ANCAP chief executive officer James Goodwin. “The Vitara performed well in physical crash testing and includes reversing collision avoidance and a manual speed limiter as standard.”

AncapThe Vitara however lacks autonomous emergency braking – which is available on European Vitara models – and other important collision prevention technologies such as lane support systems, adaptive cruise control and blind spot monitoring.

This rating applies to all front-wheel drive non-turbo variants.

The Kia Optima’s awarding of a five-star rating covers all variants. “This opens the door for families and fleet buyers in the market for a replacement medium-size passenger car with top safety credentials,” says Goodwin. “The Optima provides a high level of standard active safety features including all three grades of autonomous emergency braking, and demonstrated good performance in all crash and safety assist performance tests.”

A lane support system, following distance warning and adaptive cruise control, is also standard on the Optima. Active speed assistance systems are however lacking on Australasian Optima models whereas they are available as an option on European models.

“The inclusion of these two models on the now lengthy list of vehicles rated by ANCAP sees its coverage of the market grow to 93%,” says Goodwin. “Our focus of late has been to target models which have sat unrated for some time and we will continue this focus over coming months in parallel with our usual programme of rating new models entering the market.”

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