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SUVs come out strong in latest ANCAP ratings


A pre-Christmas sprinkling of 5-Star ANCAP safety ratings has the New Zealand SUV market covered.

The new 3.0 litre diesel Audi Q7, the compact Honda HR-V and soon to be released Mitsubishi Pajero Sport all banked top safety ratings ensuring New Zealand’s love affair with SUVs continues.

AA Motoring Services general manager Stella Stocks says it’s encouraging to see the amount of variety offered to New Zealand drivers.

“It’s no secret New Zealanders love their SUVs and it’s great to see manufacturers ensuring that people can own a 5-star ANCAP rated SUV at almost every price point,” says Ms Stocks.

All three vehicles performed well in the crash-tests and have a number of safety assist technologies as standard which help prevent crashes including electronic brake distribution (EBD) and emergency brake assist (EBA). They also have curtain airbags as standard.

NZ Transport Agency group manager access and use Celia Patrick welcomed the latest five star results.

“It’s encouraging that vehicle manufacturers are continuing to raise the bar for safety, as these safety assist technologies are potential lifesavers.

“We’re aiming for a truly safe transport system that is more forgiving of human error, so no-one pays with their life when a driver makes a mistake, and safer vehicles are a key part of a safe system. Multiple airbag packages can prevent serious injuries in a crash, and active safety features like EBD and EBA can prevent many crashes from happening in the first place.”

ANCAP has published crash test results for a wide range of passenger and light commercial vehicle makes, models and variants sold in Australia and New Zealand since 1992. It is supported by all Australian and New Zealand motoring clubs, the Australian Government, the New Zealand Government, all Australian state governments, the Victorian Transport Accident Commission, NRMA Insurance and the FIA foundation.

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