Review of Australian NCAP since ESV 1998 2001-06-0213
The Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) last reported
on progress at ESV 1998 in Canada. This is an update of results
since then. In 1999 ANCAP decided to harmonize its testing and
evaluation procedures with EuroNCAP (ENCAP). This was so ANCAP
could use the results of ENCAP testing on European vehicles where
the vehicle specifications were essentially similar to those of the
Australian model, thereby reducing the number and cost of tests
required to produce consumer information.
Since 1998 there has generally been an improvement in the crash
test performance of new passenger vehicles sold in the Australian
market. ANCAP has carried out updates of the small, medium and
large car groups, and of four-wheel-drive (4WD) vehicles (SUVs).
The new designs in the 4WD group particularly have shown a dramatic
improvement in occupant safety as measured by crash tests. These
include good results for the Honda CRV, Subaru Forester and Toyota
Landcruiser. The four locally built Australian large cars have also
improved, but not to the top level. Small car crash test
performance has been more variable, depending on the technology
used in the structure and the safety equipment fitted, which is
usually price driven. Future programs include commercial vehicles,
a large car update and a passenger van update.
Jack Haley, Michael Case
NRMA Insurance Ltd., RACV Ltd.
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