For all the doubters and naysayers out there, history has been made as ANCAP has finally awarded the maximum 5-star safety rating to a car from China, the MG GS.
Following a specification upgrade, the mid-sized SUV has increased its safety rating from a 4 to a 5-star rating.
ANCAP Chief Executive Officer, Mr James Goodwin, said: “We initially assessed this model earlier this year and saw that while structurally it offered sound levels of occupant protection, its safety specification did not meet what is now expected as a minimum for a 5-star car.”
“MG must be commended for upgrading this model and this achievement raises the bar for other similar brands entering the very competitive Australian new vehicle fleet,” Mr Goodwin said.
The 5-star ANCAP safety rating applies to MG GS models built in August 2017 and on sale from October 2017.
Chinese vehicles have traditionally struggled when subjected to ANCAP testing. Recently, the Great Wall Steed, Haval H9 and LDV G10 have come up short. LDV will be aiming to do better with its upcoming T60 ute.
Also achieving the 5-star ANCAP safety rating after this round of testing was the Kia Rio, Suzuki Swift GL Navigator, Suzuki Swift GL Navigator with Safety Pack and Suzuki Swift GLX Turbo. A 4-star rating was awarded to the Suzuki Swift GL.
The Kia Rio rating applies to vehicles built from January 2017 onwards whilst the 4 and 5-star ratings for the Suzuki Swift variants apply to vehicles built in June 2017 onwards.
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