ANCAP use new system to award 5-star Subaru models

Knowing your drivers are protected to the highest possible standard when on the road is a weight off the mind of a fleet manager. For this reason, they will take into consideration a great number of factors when purchasing a new fleet vehicle, with safety top of the agenda.

It will have come as positive news, then, when the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) announced last month that it is raising the bar in terms of crash testing vehicles. Manufacturers will need to up their game if they are to receive ANCAP's acclaimed 5-Star accreditation, which two Subaru models have successfully done in the latest round of safety testings.

Both the Subaru Outback and Liberty received the 5-Star award, while being the first models to come under the increased scrutiny of ANCAP.

The models scored highly in the crash tests, largely due to their inclusion of dual frontal, knee, side chest and head-protecting airbags. ANCAP also tipped its hat at how well the vehicles performed in the whiplash and pedestrian protection tests.

ANCAP Chairman, Lauchlan McIntosh praised the Japanese manufacturer for its high standard of safety.

"Since 2007, Subaru has built a solid reputation for vehicle safety, with 5-Star ANCAP safety ratings available across its fleet. This continues today with these latest results," he said in an announcement this month.

"This is particularly encouraging given both of these new models have been assessed against ANCAP's more stringent 2015 requirements."

The Liberty model was particularly praised for its inclusion of Subaru's EyeSight™ system as standard. The technology uses forward-facing camera's to detect hazards on the road and alert the driver. The Outback includes the same safety assist technology, though only as an optional extra.

"It is good to see safety assist technologies becoming increasingly available, but ANCAP encourages Subaru, and all other manufacturers, to include these technologies as standard in all models and all markets," Mr McIntosh concluded.

"We know Australians value safety very highly."