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The latest round of ANCAP safety testing saw the Mazda CX-5, Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet and Kia Picanto bumped, bashed and broken to see what they were made of.
The latest Mazda CX-5, which was released in April and has been the highest selling unrated model in Australia and New Zealand to date, achieved the maximum 5-star ANCAP safety rating.
ANCAP Chief Executive Officer, James Goodwin, was pleased to see the car perform well in the testing as well as include a list of safety features which sees City, Interurban and Pedestrian autonomous emergency braking on the list.
Also achieving the golden 5-star ANCAP safety rating was the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet. Although it was released in October 2016 it had remained unrated until now, though the rating only applies to the two-wheel drive C200 and C300 variants. Other variants are yet to be tested and remain unrated.
The AEB City and AEB Interurban as standard was a plus. What did detract from the achievement was the head of the 10-year-old child dummy impacting the metal frame of the roof meaning points for Child Occupant Protection were deducted.
The final tester was the Kia Picanto which achieved a 4-star ANCAP safety rating. This rating applies to all variants sold in New Zealand from May 2017 and Australian-sold variants from June 2017.
Mr Goodwin was impressed with the AEB City and AEB Interurban included as standard on the small yet affordable car. Points were lost in the Pedestrian Protection and Child Occupant Protection assessments which resulted in 4 stars being awarded.
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