ANCAP testing results reveal new Isuzu, Holden models not up to scratch

If you are a fleet manager looking at procuring vehicles in the near future, you might be interested in the latest batch of crash test results released by the Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) earlier this month.

On October 5 the ANCAP announced that the Volkswagen Up! had achieved the maximum five star safety rating, praising the car for its autonomous emergency braking (AEB) technology, which is included as standard.

According to ANCAP chairman Lauchlan McIntosh, other brands should take notice of this fact and look to include more safety features such as AEB on basic models rather than offering them as optional extras.

"It is hard to fathom why features that protect vehicle occupants are sold as optional extras by most manufacturers yet alloy wheels and leather seats, for instance, come as standard," said Mr McIntosh in a statement.

"The move by Volkswagen to include AEB in the Up! as standard across all variants is a welcome change."

However the new Isuzu D-Max and the single/space cab model of the Holden Colorado have received less glowing praise from the ANCAP, only reaching the level of four stars for safety.

"With an increasing number of fleets now requiring five star vehicles, and consumers also purchasing these utes for family transport, safety should be the priority when making the purchasing decision," said Mr McIntosh (October 11).

Any organisation looking at procuring new automobiles for their fleet would be wise to take into account the ANCAP safety ratings of prospective vehicles in order to ensure they are up to scratch.

Fleet services which offer procurement and disposal management can assist in this department by evaluating the suitability of all potential vehicles, taking into account aspects such as safety, price, ongoing registration costs, fuel usage and servicing and maintenance.