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Mazda2 and Mazda CX-3 reach 5 stars Audi TT falls short with 4

10 SEPTEMBER, 2015

The 2014 Mazda 2 hitting the barrier in the frontal offset test.

In the latest round of ANCAP crash testing, two Mazdas join the 5 Star ANCAP Safety Rating club.

Both the Mazda2 and CX-3 offer very good occupant and pedestrian protection and have Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) available as an option.

“Although the TT performed well in numerous areas for adult occupants and pedestrian protection, insufficient Safety Assist Technologies and inadequate child occupant protection - caused the TTs overall rating to be limited to 4 stars.”

ANCAP has been calling for the AEB technology to increasingly be included in Australian cars due to its lifesaving potential. AEB systems use camera and/or sensor technology to detect the speed and distance of
other vehicles or objects in the vehicle's path. The technology then automatically brakes if the driver does not respond in order to avoid or minimise the severity of a crash.

“It is great to see AEB becoming more common in the Australian new car market, but we would like to see AEB as a standard feature in new vehicles, rather than as an optional extra” said ANCAP CEO, Mr
Nicholas Clarke.

“International studies have shown the effectiveness of AEB systems in preventing real world crashes may be higher than 50%.1 The introduction of more advanced AEB systems - which work at a range of speeds, and which are able to detect other obstacles such as pedestrians and cyclists - will contribute to a further reduction in the number and severity of road crashes” said Mr Clarke.

ANCAP is supported by all Australian and New Zealand motoring clubs, 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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