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Citroen C6 first to get top marks for pedestrian protection

15 AUGUST, 2006

THE Citroen C6 is the first vehicle to ever achieve the maximum four-star pedestrian protection score in the latest crash test results released today by ANCAP partners, RACV, VicRoads and the TAC.

The ANCAP partners said Citroen should be congratulated for being pioneers in pedestrian safety.

The Citroen C6 possesses an advanced pedestrian protection system that elevates the bonnet when a pedestrian impact is detected. This provides protection to pedestrians on impact. 

Other results released for vehicles tested by EuroNCAP that apply to the Australian market include the occupant protection rating of the Citroen C6 and Fiat Punto, which scored five stars, and the VW Passat and Hyundai Tucson with four stars.

Crash test results rating occupant protection for vehicles tested in Australia were for the Nissan Tiida, which scored four stars, and the Toyota HiAce Van, which scored three stars.

The ANCAP partners said the Nissan Tiida improved on the three stars scored by its predecessor, the Nissan Pulsar, which was good news.

However, the partners would like to see the side head protecting airbags in the Nissan Tiida being made standard equipment across the range.

We would like vehicle manufacturers to ensure curtain airbags are available as a standard feature in all Australian vehicles to protect against side impacts with high vehicles and pole-type impacts, they said.

Pedestrian results on locally tested vehicles resulted in two stars for the Nissan Tiida and one star for the Toyota HiAce.

The VW Passat would have scored five stars if it had been fitted with advanced seatbelt reminders. 

Research showed that nearly one third of drivers who were killed or seriously injured were not wearing their seatbelt at the time of the crash. So a seatbelt system that encourages occupants to buckle up was a valuable feature, they said.

The ANCAP partners also encouraged new vehicle buyers to specify vehicles with ESP (Electronic Stability Program), which helps drivers maintain control of their vehicles and has been shown in overseas research to substantially reduce the risk of being involved in a crash.

The crash test procedures conducted by ANCAP involve a frontal offset test at 64km/h, where part of the vehicle hits a barrier, and a side impact test at 50km/h. The vehicles also undergo a test to assess likely injuries caused to pedestrians by the vehicle travelling at 40km/h.

A pole test is optional, where the vehicle travelling sideways at 29km/h strikes a round pole lined up with the driver's head. This measures the effectiveness of head protecting side airbags and can result in extra points being scored.

The results from ANCAP provide consumers with valuable independent information on the occupant protection performance of new vehicles. 

ANCAP is supported by all Australian and New Zealand motoring clubs, all state governments, the New Zealand government and the FIA Foundation.

Contact:          RACV             Denis Brown               9790 2572

                      TAC                Anna Chalko               9664 6862

                      VicRoads        Jennifer Howard         9854 2335


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