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Maserati goes mainstream with top ANCAP rating


Sleek styling, comfort, sound and power are usually the first things that come to mind when the Maserati marque is considered.

AA Motoring Services general manager Stella Stocks says while her preference is for all motorists to put safety at the top of the list when they consider buying a new car – there’s a category of drivers who select for style and uniqueness within a small set of brands – and Maserati is on that list.

However, the Italian manufacturer has now proven it is up there with its more mainstream cousins and has earned an Australasian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP) 5 star safety rating.

The Maserati Ghibli did well in the frontal offset, side intrusion and pole impact crash tests to earn the maximum safety rating.

Ms Stocks says while the Ghibli does not include a number of active Safety Assist Technologies (SATs) becoming standard on many new cars, it does include front seatbelt pre-tensioners and load limiters, dual frontal and side curtain airbags along with a driver knee airbag. Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is standard and seatbelt reminders are fitted to all seats.

“New cars with five-star safety ratings have become the norm, which is why ANCAP continually raises the bar to encourage manufacturers to put safety first. The Ghibli’s maximum ANCAP safety rating helps to ensure motorists have a very wide range of new vehicles to consider.”

ANCAP today has also announced five-star safety ratings for the Lexus CT 200H hybrid medium car, the Lexus IS 300H hybrid luxury car and the Volkswagen Polo small car.

Along with a full suite of airbags, ABS and ESC, both Lexus vehicles include as standard electronic brake assist (EBA), emergency brake assist (EBA), hill launch assist, reversing collision avoidance and daytime running lights as standard. The Lexus IS also has tyre pressure monitoring as standard.

The Lexus IS also includes an ‘active’ bonnet which rises to provide additional clearance between its surface and the engine to protect the head of a pedestrian if struck by the car.

The VW Polo boasts EBD, and ESC as standard along with hill launch assist. Also standard is secondary brake collision assist, which activates if the vehicle is involved in a serious crash to prevent or mitigate the severity of a secondary impact by reducing the speed and stopping the vehicle safely if the driver is unable to.

Ms Stocks says none of the vehicles tested have autonomous emergency braking (AEB) which can reduce the speed of a car and stop it completely independently of the driver ahead of an imminent crash.

“Manufacturers are asking consumers to spend a lot of money to buy what they produce – particularly for high end vehicles – so it’s surprising they aren’t incorporating proven life-saving technology across the range.”

ANCAP is supported by all Australian motoring clubs, the New Zealand Automobile Association, the Australian Government, the New Zealand Government, Australian state and territory governments, the Victorian Transport Accident Commission, NRMA Insurance and the FIA Foundation.

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