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Journeys : Oct Nov 2011
Life on the move Almost three quarters of new cars purchased across the nation last year were four or five star-rated by ANC AP, the Australasian New Car Assessment Program. Hyundai’s Elantra rated 5-stars in ANCAP testing earlier this year Australians choosing to purchase safer cars The figures reflect the growing demand among Australian road users for safer vehicles, and show that manufacturers and dealers are responding to consumer preferences, and in doing so, contr ibuting to our nation’s road safety. ANCAP Chair Lauchlan McIntosh said the sales figures showed a majority of consumers were rating safety as their priority when making a new car purchase. “ Buying a new car is one of the biggest decisions for an individual or family and it is pleasing to see the increase in 4 and 5-star vehicles being sold each year,” Mr McIntosh said. “ANCAP is proud of its record in crash testing new vehicles and rating them for safety, and we work well with the industry to assist in the development of safety technologies and safer vehicles for all motorists. Mr McIntosh said that ANCAP looked forward to the day when the sales figure for 4 and 5-star cars approaches closer to 100 per cent, because safer vehicles save lives and reduce the incidence of road trauma and tragedy for road users, their families and the whole Australian community. For a full list of ANCAP’s vehicle safety ratings and other vehicle safety information, go to www.ancap.com.au October / November 2011 35
MNJ Aug Sep 2011