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Commodore Ute Tops ANCAP Safety Tests

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26 March 2008
www.smh.com.au

Holden's new VE Commodore Ute has earned a four-star safety rating in the latest crash tests conducted by the Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).

However, ANCAP says more work can be done to improve safety levels in some of the Commodore's rivals, with some utilities returning only two and three-star ratings.

The Nissan Navara was awarded three stars in a similar crash test conducted in Europe, while the Mazda BT50 was awarded three stars and the Indian-built Mahindra Pik-Up two stars in local tests.

The Commodore Ute's crash rating came on the back of its extensive safety package, including anti-lock brakes, electronic brake distribution and electronic stability control.

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Ute Crash Concern

Terry Martin
3 April 2008
www.goauto.com.au

ANCAP urges more to be done on utility safety as latest crash tests fail to impress.

Holden has failed to achieve a maximum five-star crash-test rating for its VE utility from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), but the four-star result handed down last week again demonstrated the relative safety of car-based light commercials over most heavy-duty one-tonne utilities.

One exception is the Mitsubishi Triton, which scored an equivalent four-star adult occupant protection rating (with the same 27 points out of 37) from ANCAP’s European affiliate in February.

The Toyota HiLux and the outgoing Ford BF Falcon utility also scored four stars when tested in 2006.

However, the latest Australian crash-test results show that the Mazda BT-50, with a less impressive three stars, and the Mahindra Pik-Up, with a poor two stars, were back among the field with those tested under Euro NCAP recently – the three-star Nissan Navara (upgraded from one star with revised airbag software now being installed in Australia) and two-star Holden Rodeo.

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I think the one for the US should be named G8 ST. After all, that's what it is. It's a sport truck. :yup: If I'm correct the, test requirements are more stricter overseas than here in North America, so the G8 ST should pass the crash test here with 5 stars hopefully. Either way, I can't wait for the G8 ST!
 

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Is this still our new El Co? What a good thing to look forward to!
How do the crash tests and ratings in Australia compare to those in the US?

My assumption is that the US standards are more stringent, but this is still good news. Does anybody know the difference between the testing standards?
 

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How do the crash tests and ratings in Australia compare to those in the US?

My assumption is that the US standards are more stringent, but this is still good news. Does anybody know the difference between the testing standards?
Why would you assume that? You have less stringent standards than Europe and Canada, why would Australia be less?
 

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How do the crash tests and ratings in Australia compare to those in the US?

My assumption is that the US standards are more stringent, but this is still good news. Does anybody know the difference between the testing standards?

I do know that the 2004-06 GTO were not tested here in the states. The Pontiac G8 have not been tested for crash worthiness by our standards either. It states right on the window sticket, this car has not been tested by the government for safety.
 

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How do the crash tests and ratings in Australia compare to those in the US?

My assumption is that the US standards are more stringent, but this is still good news. Does anybody know the difference between the testing standards?
US standards are actually a little LESS stringent. The US follows the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), while Europe uses a slightly stricter Euro-NCAP standard. Australia utilizes an ANCAP program which is a virtual copy of Euro-NCAP. Most of the various NCAP test standards and procedures are the same though.

And, as "Nikivee" said, the GTO didn't undergo such testing at all in the states. It was accepted based on the Monaro having already passed the ANCAP standards. Although the GTO was never approved for Canadian sales - but I expect that was due to the low expected sales, so GM just never tried.
 

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So if they sort out the side airbag issue on the Ute can it be a 5 star vehicle? Article didn't indicate if that was all that was required.
 

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G8 ST will have curtain airbags - the Pontification paid for them so Holden will get them too.
 

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You can get some idea of the relative crash test standards:


US Crash Test Standard - Chevrolet Aveo (Daewoo Kalos)
2007 Chevrolet Aveo 4-DR. w/SAB Crash Ratings
Frontal Impact Side Impact

Driver's Side 5 of 5 Front Occupant 4 of 5

Passenger's Side 4 of 5 Rear Occupant 3 of 5

Australian ANCAP test:
HOLDEN has challenged the dismal two-star crash rating achieved in the latest round of Euro NCAP crash tests by GM Daewoo’s Aveo sedan, which is sold as the Chevrolet Aveo in Europe and was launched in Australia two weeks ago as the Barina sedan.
When the Monaro was tested in 2004 with side but no curtain airbags it acheived a 4.5 star rating, higher than the Mercedes coupe had in Euro NCAP.

INDEPENDENT crash testing has revealed the reborn Holden Monaro provides marginally higher levels of occupant protection than the Commodore it is based on and competes well against European luxury marques.

According to the latest round of ANCAP (Australian New Car Assessment Program) crash test results, the Monaro scored high into the four-star range.

While the Commodore is also four-star rated, it was just behind its sporty stablemate. The two-door Monaro scored 26.89 points out of a possible 37, while the four-door VY Commodore scored 26.7 points
Monaro ANCAP test

The Omega-level Commodore, which has no side or front airbags, is a 4-star ANCAP car like it's predecessor. The Calais or SS-V with f/s airbags is a five star car which is the equivalent car to the G8.
 

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Ute Crash Concern

Terry Martin
3 April 2008
www.goauto.com.au

ANCAP urges more to be done on utility safety as latest crash tests fail to impress.

Holden has failed to achieve a maximum five-star crash-test rating for its VE utility from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), but the four-star result handed down last week again demonstrated the relative safety of car-based light commercials over most heavy-duty one-tonne utilities.

One exception is the Mitsubishi Triton, which scored an equivalent four-star adult occupant protection rating (with the same 27 points out of 37) from ANCAP’s European affiliate in February.

The Toyota HiLux and the outgoing Ford BF Falcon utility also scored four stars when tested in 2006.

However, the latest Australian crash-test results show that the Mazda BT-50, with a less impressive three stars, and the Mahindra Pik-Up, with a poor two stars, were back among the field with those tested under Euro NCAP recently – the three-star Nissan Navara (upgraded from one star with revised airbag software now being installed in Australia) and two-star Holden Rodeo.

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