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Edition 14, October 2015

Check out the latest edition of the ANCAPStar. This edition contains the latest ANCAP safety ratings and news from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).

ANCAP is Australasia's leading independent vehicle safety advocate. ANCAP provides Australian and New Zealand consumers with independent vehicle safety information through the publication of ANCAP safety ratings. ANCAP safety ratings take into account the level of occupant and pedestrian protection provided by new cars through the conduct of physical crash tests and the assessment of collision avoidance technologies.

Our member organisations include all Australian automobile clubs, the New Zealand Automobile Association, Australian Federal, State & Territory Governments, the New Zealand Government, the Victorian Transport Accident Commission, NRMA Insurance and the FIA Foundation (UK).

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End of an era for ANCAP as we welcome new CEO and Chair
End of an era for ANCAP as we welcome new CEO and Chair.

It's a new era at ANCAP after long standing Chair Lauchlan McIntosh AM handed over the reins to Ms Wendy Machin in September this year. Ms Machin has been serving as Deputy Chair on the ANCAP Board for the last 11 months and is Deputy President of the NRMA in New South Wales. Mr McIntosh will remain on the Board as Deputy Chair.

And after a decade of dedicated work with ANCAP, Nicholas Clarke has also decided to step down from his role as CEO.

ANCAP Chair, Wendy Machin said that the combination of Mr McIntosh and Mr Clarke as the leaders of ANCAP had greatly advanced the cause of road safety, not only in Australia, but throughout the world as they have sponsored the introduction of testing programs in neighboring countries.

"Both Nick and Lauchlan have been tireless campaigners for the safest possible cars and uncompromising about the standards we accept in Australia. The high level of consumer awareness of the ANCAP safety ratings is a direct result of their efforts. On behalf of the ANCAP Board I would like to acknowledge their combined efforts and thank them for their contribution," Ms Machin said.

In October, ANCAP welcomed new CEO Mr James Goodwin.

Mr Goodwin comes to ANCAP from the Australian Automobile Association where he was the Director – Government Relations & Communications, as well as a period as Acting Chief Executive. He also worked for the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) following a career in journalism in Sydney and Canberra. He brings an abundance of consumer, motoring, communications and advocacy skills to the organisation which will be invaluable in building and maintaining new and existing relationships with stakeholders. James will play a vital role in leading ANCAP into the future and continuing efforts to improve the safety of vehicles on our roads.

"I am privileged to have the opportunity to lead ANCAP through its next chapter and look forward to the challenge of building on its excellent record of achievements," CEO Mr James Goodwin said.

Board member movements.
  • Wendy Machin has been appointed ANCAP's new Chair
  • Lachlan McIntosh is now ANCAP’s Deputy Chair
  • Nicholas (Nick) Clarke has stepped down as ANCAP CEO
  • James Goodwin has been appointed ANCAP CEO
  • Mike Stapleton has stepped down as an ANCAP Board Member
  • Dennis Walsh has joined the ANCAP Board
We would like to thank Nicholas Clarke for his decade of dedicated effort as a passionate advocate for safer cars. There is no doubt that his work has lead to the saving of many lives and less injuries on Australia roads. We wish him all the very best.
ANCAP collaboration.
ANCAP collaboration.

In conjunction with ASEAN NCAP, ANCAP conducted a frontal offset crash test of the new Toyota Hilux (Thai production) at JARI in Tsukuba, Japan. ANCAP's Michael Paine, David Paine and Jason Smith participated in the workshop during the final week of July 2015.

"There was a great amount of knowledge sharing and collaboration between ANCAP, ASEAN NCAP and Euro NCAP personnel which is particularly important during this transition period," said ANCAP Research Engineer, Mr Jason Smith.

Further pole and pedestrian testing of the Hilux took place at JARI in the following two months, concluding in September 2015.

Testing of the Latin American-supplied Hilux (Argentinean production) was held due to different specifications to that of the Australasian-supplied Hilux, was conducted by Latin NCAP at ADAC in Munich in August.

The results have now been published for both the Australasian Toyota Hilux and the Latin-American Toyota Hilux.
Latest media releases.

30 September 2015
New Hilux aces 5 star ANCAP safety rating requirements
Recent safety testing of the new Toyota Hilux has shown the vehicle to maintain its maximum 5 star ANCAP safety rating. Notably the Hilux achieved a good rating for pedestrian protection.

25 September 2015
ANCAP names James Goodwin as new CEO
The Board of the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) is pleased to announce Mr James Goodwin has been appointed the organisation's new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

14 September 2015
Changes at ANCAP
The Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) Board has announced that its CEO, Nick Clarke, will step down at the end of September to pursue other interests.

10 September 2015
Mazda2 and Mazda CX-3 reach 5 stars, Audi TT falls short with 4
Both the Mazda2 and CX-3 offer very good occupant and pedestrian protection and have Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) available as an option.

14 August 2015
LDV commercial van scores just 2 stars.
ANCAP has today released a 2 star safety rating for the LDV V80 commercial van, scoring poorly in ANCAP's assessment.

12 August 2015
AMA and ANCAP call for new technology to be standard features in Australian cars to save lives
Launch of 'Avoid the crash, Avoid the trauma' campaign The Australian Medical Association (AMA) and Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) have joined forces to lobby governments and car industry leaders to embrace new technology – starting with Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) – and make it standard in all new cars sold in Australia.

24 July 2015
5 stars for Navara after child restraint tether fix
The new Nissan NP300 Navara recently launched in Australia and New Zealand has stepped up to match a handful of its light commercial ute competitors achieving a 5 star ANCAP safety rating.

07 July 2015
Skoda sets a standard for Autonomous Emergency Braking across all new Fabia
ANCAP today issued a 5 star ANCAP safety rating for the new Skoda Fabia. ANCAP congratulates Skoda for this top rating and for the standard it has set in providing Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) as a standard inclusion across the Fabia range. 5 star ANCAP safety ratings were also announced for the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Holden Astra.
Avoid the crash. Avoid the trauma.
Avoid the crash. Avoid the trauma.

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) and Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) have joined forces to lobby governments and car industry leaders to embrace new technology – starting with Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) – and make it standard in all new cars sold in Australia.

Launching the 'Avoid the crash, Avoid the trauma' campaign at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 12 August 2015, AMA President, Professor Brian Owler and former ANCAP CEO Nick Clarke called on politicians, the car industry, and all road users to join the push for adoption of new technologies such as AEB to make cars safer and save lives.

AEB is an advanced driver assistance technology that is proven to reduce the number and severity of vehicle crashes and associated trauma. AEB systems use camera and sensor technology to detect the speed and distance of objects in the vehicle’s path, and automatically brake if the driver does not respond.

Current research reveals low-speed AEB technology lead to a 38% reduction in real-world rear-end crashes. Other studies reveal reductions of >50% and even 72%. This will have a significant impact on the reduction of injury costs - in particular, whiplash - and property damage costs.

To 2010, it is estimated that approximately 80,000 Australian lives have been saved due to improvements in vehicle and road safety since the early 1970s. The rate at which Australian lives can be saved due to vehicle safety technologies in the coming decades should be even greater.

Australian Road Fatalities
The graph above shows Australian road fatalities predicted post 1970 vs. actual, had there been no road safety initiatives.

The AMA and ANCAP are calling on the Australian Government to help make AEB a reality in all new cars sold in Australia by:
  • redirecting car manufacturer subsidies into programs that will facilitate the faster introduction of AEB;
  • supporting a nationwide AEB consumer awareness program;
  • updating its fleet purchasing policy to include AEB;
  • appointing a dedicated Road Safety Minister; and
  • putting pressure on manufacturers to include AEB as a standard feature on all new cars.
A video explaining Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) is available here.
New website updates improve functionality for consumers.
New website updates improve functionality for consumers.

Over the last few months ANCAP has made a change to the website safety rating search function. By default, only the current models of each vehicle are displayed in search results. Should you want to view ratings for previous models, you can simply un-tick the 'Current Models Only' box.

All of our current and previous ratings can be found at Happy searching!
Global Road Safety targets approved as part of SDG's.
Global Road Safety targets approved as part of SDG's.

Road safety targets have been included in the final text of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) adopted by the United Nations member states during the recent SDG Summit on 25 – 27 September 2015.

As part of the Good Health Goal of the SDG's, a specific stand-alone target to reduce road traffic fatalities by 50% by 2020 and a target on sustainable urban transport in the Sustainable Cities and Communities Goal have been approved, in a landmark achievement for the global road safety community.

Following on from the Millennium Development Goals, the SDG’s will now be implemented by all of the UN Member states, not just the developing world. As a result, the goals have set challenges to high, middle and low-income countries alike to implement changes to their road safety policies and plans to ensure the targets are reached. Support from the automotive industry, the private sector and civil society will be essential to make progress in this area.

The Road Safety targets formally adopted by world leaders at the SDG Summit in New York are:
  • Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages:
    • 3.6. By 2020, halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents
      • The reduction target of 50% is a great improvement from the existing Decade of Action goals which was simply "to stabilise and then reduce".
  • Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable:
    • 11.2. By 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons.
Full details on the SDG's can be found on the Sustainable Development Goals website.
2nd High Level Conference on Road Safety.
2nd High Level Conference on Road Safety.

The 2nd Global High Level Conference on Road Safety will be held in Brasilia, Brazil on the 18 and 19 November 2015, bringing together NCAP's from our the world, UN member states, UN organisations, intergovernmental organisations, NGOs and the private sector to discuss global road safety issues and comment on the draft of the "Brasilia Declaration on Road Safety".

ANCAP will be represented by Deputy Chairman Mr Lachlan McIntosh and Technical Manager Mr Michael Paine.

To find out more about the conference, you can view the program here:
SAT Explained: Fatigue Assistance.
SAT Explained: Fatigue Assistance.

Fatigue Assistance technologies are an important feature for Australian cars due to the long driving distances many of us travel across our vast country. There are two types of attention assist technologies currently dominating the market, fatigue detection and fatigue reminders.
  • Attention Assist (Fatigue Detection)
    Attention assist systems use sensors to monitor driver attention and detect drowsiness, alerting the driver and prompting a break.
  • Fatigue Reminder
    A fatigue reminder system monitors the length of continuous driving (trip timer) and encourages the driver to take a rest through visual alert messages which are displayed for the driver.
Information on a range of safety assist technologies can be found at Understanding Safety Features on the ANCAP website.
Of all the vehicles tested by ANCAP, which is the safest?

ANCAP evaluates the likelihood of serious injury for drivers, front seat passengers, and pedestrians involved in the most common types of crashes as well as a vehicle's collision avoidance capabilities. The test results do not prove which is the safest car in all types and severities of crashes. Consumers should look for vehicles that have earned the maximum 5 star ANCAP safety rating as these vehicles offer a high level of protection and are equipped with effective restraint systems and life-saving safety features and technologies.

To view all 5 star rated cars, visit our safety ratings section.
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