The Hyundai Tucson has now been awarded 5 stars in ANCAP crash tests after design and production changes have been implemented at manufacturing sites.
With previous iterations of the Hyundai Tucson either having 4-star crash test results or unrated, the latest models to flow off production lines in South Korea from November 2015 or the Czech Republic in December 2015 now have the 5-star ANCAP crash test rating that the Korean manufacturer has been striving for.
Previously, the Tucson had failed to impress ANCAP during tests conducted in September last year due to two problems whereby the brake pedal displayed excessive movement during the frontal offset test and the structure of the footwell on the driver’s side was structurally compromised during the test.
Based on this level of performance, Hyundai made improvements both in the vehicle design and its production and submitted the model again for re-testing, a move commended by ANCAP whose CEO, James Goodwin described the speed with which Hyundai acted to implement positive changes as encouraging.
“The changes significantly improved the vehicle’s performance in the frontal offset test which would reduce the possibility of injury to occupants in the event of a crash,” he said.
The Australasian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP) is one of the several regional NCAP bodies that test the crashworthiness of new vehicles entering their markets and thus ensuring that vehicle safety standards aren’t compromised due to regional marketing or manufacturing differences. Commenting on the advantages of this regional approach, Mr Goodwin continued, “This is a positive example of the importance of local, independent testing and ANCAP working proactively with vehicle brands to ensure we have the safest vehicles on the Australasian market.”
Since this latest 5-star rating is restricted to vehicles manufactured after specific dates at certain factories, ANCAP advises anyone who is thinking of purchasing a Hyundai Tucson to check the build date and its origin before deciding whether to buy it or not.