New safety rating results show that low fuel consumption cars can also achieve the highest safety ratings.
The Mini Cooper diesel hatch, the Ford Fiesta ECOnetic diesel hatch, the Volvo C30 diesel hatch, all models of Toyota’s environmental flagship, the hybrid Prius, have achieved a 5-star safety rating from Australia’s leading independent vehicle safety advocate, the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).
ANCAP Business Manager, Nick Clarke, said the results show new car buyers they can save fuel and still get 5-star safety. “These ratings show that manufacturers can make a range of fuel efficient vehicles which do not compromise safety results,” Mr Clarke said.
Other ANCAP results show the recently released Subaru Liberty Exiga and the upgraded Hyundai Santa Fe with 4 cylinder engine also achieved 5-star ANCAP ratings.
The Honda City sedan achieved a 4-star rating. The results released today are from crash tests undertaken by ANCAP in Australia and by ANCAP’s sister organisation EuroNCAP, to internationally recognised protocols.