The latest round of ANCAP safety ratings has been released with two more Chinese brands joining the ANCAP honour roll by achieving the maximum 5-star safety rating.
The LDV T60 ute, which arrived in Australia back in September, and the Haval H2 have successfully undergone testing and come up trumps. Chinese manufacturers are now on a bit of a roll after the MG GS broke the duck in September.
Also achieving the 5-star safety rating was the Honda CR-V.
ANCAP Chief Executive Officer, Mr James Goodwin said: “The LDV T60 dual cab enters the Australasian market this week with the 5-star rating it needs to gain sales traction in the highly competitive utility segment.”
“This broadens the segment even further with added choice for safety-conscious consumers using their ute for work and weekends.”
“The T60 performed well in our crash tests, although like all light commercial utes currently rated, it lacks autonomous emergency braking,” Mr Goodwin added.
The 5-star safety rating applies to all LDV’s 4WD dual cab T60 variants.
After a few false starts, Haval finally had a win with the H2’s 5-star rating, all H2 variants of the small SUV sold in Australia from October 2015 and in New Zealand from August 2017 are included in the rating.
“Haval came close with its large SUV, the H9, which scored 4 stars when rated last year but the H2 improves on that rating, reaching 5 stars through increased levels of occupant protection,” Mr Goodwin said.
“This is a very proud day for everyone in the company and an important step in our quest to become one of the world’s leading SUV companies,” said Haval Australia Chief Marketing Officer Tim Smith.
“I would like to thank each and every one of the hard-working team of engineers at Haval for their efforts in so quickly developing a five-star car for the global market.
“Customer safety is paramount for the continued development of Haval as a global brand and this recognition by ANCAP is just reward for the company’s efforts.
“We will continue to develop our safety systems, with the introduction of key features such as autonomous emergency braking and lane assist systems in the next wave of Haval SUVs,” said Mr Smith.
As expected, the Honda CR-V has also performed well in this round of ANCAP testing with all variants of the CR-V covered by the 5-star rating.
“Customers who have bought or are considering the Honda CR-V which launched earlier this year can be assured of a high level of safety with low injury readings recorded in all physical crash tests,” Mr Goodwin said.
Honda Australia Director, Mr Stephen Collins added, “The fifth-generation Honda CR-V already offers an unsurpassed combination of style, versatility, technology and value.”
“As a family-oriented SUV, CR-V customers and those considering purchasing a new CR-V can be assured that the CR-V’s Advance Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure puts a priority on crash safety.”
This is a good result for Australian buyers who gain that extra piece of mind when considering which new car to put on their shopping list.
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