The latest round of ANCAP safety testing has seen the new Tesla Model 3 and Audi A6 sedan awarded the maximum five-star safety rating.
The Model 3 secured a score of 96 per cent for Adult Occupant Protection with full points achieved for the driver in three out of four crash tests.
In the Safety Assist category, the Model 3 scored 94 per cent which is the highest score recorded against the current protocols so far. This score was helped by a range of driver assistance systems including an advanced lane support system capable of emergency lane-keeping which actively intervenes to avoid steering into the path of an oncoming or adjacent vehicle.
“This is an impressive result, and great to see electric vehicles continuing to prioritise safety,” said ANCAP Chief Executive Officer, Mr James Goodwin.
“It is encouraging to see Tesla give equal attention to the active safety systems and technologies on board as well as the safety fundamentals through the structure and restraints,” Mr Goodwin said.
The remaining scores achieved by the Model 3 were not as impressive however with 87 per cent awarded for Child Occupant Protection and 74 per cent for Vulnerable Road User Protection.
Also tested was the Audi A6 sedan which recorded scores of 93 per cent for Adult Occupant Protection, 85 per cent for Child Occupant Protection, 81 per cent for Vulnerable Road User Protection and 78 per cent for Safety Assist.
Mr Goodwin commented: “The Audi A6 offers a good mix of safety systems for adults, children and other road users.”
The five-star ANCAP safety ratings are applicable to all Australian and New Zealand Model 3 variants and Audi A6 variants with the exception of the S6.
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