Just days ahead of its official Australian launch the Subaru BRZ has been awarded a five star safety rating by local authority ANCAP.
The BRZ scored a very respectable 34.4 points, from a possible 37, and the summary of ANCAP’s report states:
The BRZ scored 14.97 out of 16 in the offset crash test. The passenger compartment held its shape well. There was a slight risk of serious chest injury for the passenger and a slight risk of serious leg injury for the driver and passenger. The vehicle scored 15.43 out of 16 in the side impact crash test. There was a slight risk of serious chest injury for the driver.
Other vehicles to receive a maximum rating in the latest round of testing include the Holden Colorado and Hyundai i30. You can see video of the BRZ’s test after the break along with ANCAP’s official release. Use the source link below to access a copy of the full report on the BRZ assessment.
Stellar Safety for New Colorado, i30 and BRZ
The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) today congratulated the stellar achievements of the Holden Colorado, Hyundai i30 and Subaru BRZ – each achieving the maximum 5 star ANCAP safety rating in the most recent round of crash testing.
The all new Holden Colorado has added to the list of 5 star light commercial vehicles (LCV) providing greater choice to fleets and commercial and private consumers alike. This 5 star rating is a significant improvement on the previous Colorado model. The Colorado joins the Ford Ranger, Mazda BT-50, Volkswagen Amarok, and Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon utes in holding the maximum 5 star ANCAP safety rating.
“It’s satisfying to see manufacturers lifting the safety of light commercial vehicles. Manufacturers have been incorporating greater levels of safety into passenger vehicles for some time now, yet the safety of LCVs has trailed,” said ANCAP Chairman, Mr Lauchlan McIntosh.
“Pressure not only from ANCAP, but now big business, is encouraging manufacturers to elevate safety as a priority in the design and construction of new LCVs, and consumers are the winners,” he added.
Light commercial vehicles make up close to one fifth of Australian vehicle sales annually (approximately 180,000 vehicles), yet only 13% of these commercial vehicles sold in 2011 possessed a 5 star ANCAP safety rating, compared with more than 60% of passenger cars.
The release of the 5 star Colorado rating coincides with the implementation of the Australian Government’s LCV fleet purchasing policy – effective 1 July 2012 – whereby all new LCV vehicles across the Commonwealth fleet must hold a 4 star ANCAP safety rating or greater.
The Hyundai i30 and Subaru BRZ have both matched the stellar result of the Colorado. The second-generation Hyundai i30 hatch has again achieved a 5 star ANCAP safety rating, retaining its place as one of the safest choices within the small car category. This 5 star rating applies to both the 1.6 litre diesel and 1.8 litre petrol variants of the i30.
Upholding Subaru’s dedication to incorporate nothing less than maximum safety across its range, the brand new Subaru BRZ sports coupe – equipped with front, side, head and knee airbags – performed very well in all ANCAP tests, also securing a 5 star ANCAP safety rating.
ANCAP 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.