ANCAP aligns protocols with Euro NCAP

ANCAP aligns protocols with Euro NCAP

From 2015, The Australasian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP) will align its testing protocols with those of the European NCAP.

While the physical crash tests are close to identical, analysis of the resulting data is slightly different. From now, Euro NCAP results will be released in New Zealand and Australia without being reassessed by ANCAP, however they will still carry the ANCAP brand.

AA motoring services general manager Stella Stocks says the move to align ANCAP with Euro NCAP will make the safety explanations less complex in the future.

About 30 vehicles either in the New Zealand market, or about to be, have been awarded Australasian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP) safety ratings last year, with all but two receiving the highest rank possible including a record-breaking score.

According to Stocks a significant range of manufacturers have demonstrated commitment to consumer safety producing options for all motoring needs and desires.

“As ANCAP continually lifts the bar in terms of required safety performance, manufacturers are rising to the challenge to not just meet minimum requirements for a 5 star safety rating, many are far exceeding it,” She says.

One vehicle tested this year was the Hyundai Genesis large car, which earned a near perfect ANCAP score following its crash test. The area preventing a 100% score was an acceptable score, rather than good, for the chest region of the driver. Pedestrian safety was also declared acceptable.

Seven SUVs including the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) all earned 5 star ANCAP safety ratings this year.

The other SUVS on the list are:

  • Toyota Highlander
  • Jeep Cherokee
  • Jeep Patriot
  • Nissan Pathfinder
  • Nissan Qashqai
  • Nissan X-Trail

“SUVs have become an important part of the New Zealand new car market with many people opting for them in a huge range of uses, both in urban and rural environments,” says Stocks.

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