AAA Welcomes 5-Star Car


Australia’s peak motoring body, the Australian Automobile Association, today congratulated Ford Australia following the announcement it has produced the first locally-made vehicle to receive a 5-star safety rating.

The 2008 Ford Falcon received the top safety rating from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) following a crash test program conducted in line with recognised international protocols.  The AAA is a stakeholder in ANCAP.

The Australian Automobile Association and constituent motoring organisations – the NRMA, RACV, RACQ, RAASA, RACWA, RACT and AANT – paid tribute to Ford on its 5-star rating and encouraged other manufacturers to follow suit.

“This is a great result for Australian motorists and their families,” AAA Executive Director Mike Harris said.

“And it is also a positive announcement for the Australian automotive industry – it should serve as a benchmark for other manufacturers to incorporate safety features such as Electronic Stability Control and head protecting side air bags into their vehicles.

“Today’s announcement also highlights the important role of ANCAP and Australia’s motoring clubs as consumer advocates.

“ANCAP has been crash testing vehicles and reporting the results to the motoring public for more than 15 years now, and it can claim some success for the improvements in vehicle safety over that time – especially in the past five years.

“New car buyers now have real safety choices when making their purchase – we look forward to having more Australian-made 5-star cars on the market and available to motorists.”


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