Models from LDV and Haval buck the trend for poor safety performance from Chinese vehicles with the achievement of 5-star ANCAP ratings.
Two more Chinese brands have achieved the top rating from independent safety authority, ANCAP (Australasian New Car Assessment Programme), with 5 stars awarded to the LDV T60 and Haval H2. The Honda CR-V also scores the top safety rating.
“The LDV T60 dual cab pickup truck enters the Australasian market this week with the 5 star rating it needs to gain sales traction in the highly competitive utility segment,” ANCAP Chief Executive Officer, Mr James Goodwin said.
“This broadens the segment even further with added choice for safety-conscious consumers using their utility vehicle for work and weekends.”
“The T60 performed well in our crash tests, although like all light commercial utes currently rated, it lacks autonomous emergency braking,” Mr Goodwin added. The 5 star rating applies to all 4WD dual cab T60 variants.
Haval has also enhanced its appeal to consumers with a 5 star ANCAP safety rating for all variants of the H2 small SUV.
“Haval came close with its large SUV, the H9, which scored 4 stars when rated last year but the H2 improves on that rating, reaching 5 stars through increased levels of occupant protection,” Mr Goodwin said.
“Customers who have bought or are considering the Honda CR-V which launched earlier this year can be assured of a high level of safety with low injury readings recorded in all physical crash tests,” Mr Goodwin added.
All variants of the CR-V are covered by the 5 star ANCAP safety rating.