Safety Warning for Imported Utes
Australia's peak motoring organisation, the Australian Automobile Association, has called on new car buyers to ensure safety is a priority in making their purchases, following the release of poor safety ratings for three low-cost imported utilities.
Australia's leading independent vehicle safety advocate, the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), today released its crash test results for two Great Wall Motors (GWM) utilities – the SA220 and V240 – and the Proton Jumbuck.
The heavily promoted GWM utes scored only 2 stars out of 5, while the Jumbuck received a 1-star rating. ANCAP described the ratings as poor.
AAA's Director of Technical Services, Craig Newland, said the low crash test safety ratings showed consumers needed to look at a variety of factors in making their new car purchase.
The GWM vehicles have been heavily promoted in Australia on the basis of cost, not safety, and consumers need to weigh up issues such as safety against the cost of these vehicles," Mr Newland said.
"The ANCAP ratings are based on internationally acknowledged testing protocols and these 1 and 2-star ratings indicate a high risk of injury in a crash.
"It is timely that these vehicles are being tested, as the GWM motors have been widely promoted to the Australian market."
Mr Newland noted that Proton have indicated they are bringing a new model of the Jumbuck onto the Australian market with enhanced safety features.
"Australia has a wide range of 4 and 5-star passenger vehicles and ANCAP only last month issued its first 5-star rating for a light commercial van in the Mercedes-Benz Viano and Vito, so these results are going against the trend towards increased safety for occupants," he said.
"The results are a cause for concern at a time when we are seeing safer vehicles available for consumers."
For a full list of ANCAP's vehicle safety ratings, including light commercial vehicles and utilities, and other vehicle safety information, go to www.ancap.com.au.