17 JULY, 2009
Australia’s fleet managers have been urged to ensure safety as a top priority in their purchasing policies, following the announcement today of two more 4-star safety rated commercial vehicles by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).
ANCAP, Australia’s leading independent vehicle safety advocate, announced the 4-star ratings for the Hyundai iMax people mover and iLoad van in Sydney today. The two Hyundai vehicles were awarded the 4-star rating following a crash test conducted at the South Korean Government testing facility, KATRI, under ANCAP protocols and supervision.
ANCAP Program Manager, Michael Case, who oversaw the Korean tests, welcomed the results and acknowledged Hyundai’s efforts to produce safer commercial vehicles.
“ANCAP is seeing mixed safety performance in its recent crash tests of van-style vehicles and the Hyundai results are good to see, given the importance of light commercial vehicles in transporting goods and people in and around Australia . These vans are the drivers of Australian small business and occupants should be afforded the same levels of safety as private cars,” Mr Case said.
“Hyundai has put considerable effort into improving the safety of its vehicles and the ANCAP results reflect that effort. Occupant safety should be an important consideration for fleet managers who no longer have any excuse to buy 3-star vehicles or worse.
“Of the seven box-style vans now rated by ANCAP, three earn a 4-star rating – the iLoad , the Mercedes Vito and the VW Transporter. The best-selling Toyota Hi-Ace has a 3-star ANCAP rating. No commercial vehicles currently have a 5-star rating, which requires excellent crash protection plus head-protecting side airbags and electronic stability control.”
Dual front airbags, anti-lock brakes (ABS) and electronic brake distribution (EBD) are standard on both the iLoad and the iMax . Electronic stability control is standard on the iMax, while the iLoad, has ESC standard in New Zealand but optional on the Australian market.
The vehicle held its shape well in the offset crash test except that the dash structure started to break away from the a-pillar. Chest protection was weak for the driver and leg protection was marginal for both driver and passenger.
The 64km/h frontal offset crash test was conducted in South Korea under ANCAP supervision – the results apply to front occupant protection for both the iLoad and the iMax.
"ANCAP noted the iLoad van has a centre front seat that has a two- point seat belt and lacks the protection of an air bag, offering inferior protection compared to the other front passenger seat"
ANCAP recorded a disappointing pedestrian protection rating for the iLoad of 1 star out of 4.
For a full list of ANCAP’s vehicle safety ratings, including more commercial vehicles, and other vehicle safety information, go to www.ancap.com.au or www.howsafeisyourcar.com.au
ANCAP is supported by all Australian and New Zealand motoring clubs, all Australian state governments, the New Zealand government, the Victorian Transport Accident Commission, NRMA Insurance and the FIA Foundation.
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