i-car’s safety tick
The little electric car gets four stars under Australian standards
THE electric Mitsubishi i-MiEV has gained four stars in its first crash test. The little city car has been crash-tested in Japan, but was done under the protocols of Australia’s peak crash testers — the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).
However, while saying the four-star rating was ‘‘a good outcome’’, ANCAP chair Lauchlan McIntosh points out that many current small and fuel-efficient cars achieve the maximum five-star rating.
McIntosh urges other makers of ‘‘green’’ vehicles to aim for top crash results.
‘‘ANCAP supports and welcomes the push for greener vehicles, but we stress the need to ensure safety is built in to the vehicle,’’ McIntosh says.
‘‘The crash tests were conducted at the Japanese crash test laboratory JARI, in co-operation with Japan NCAP and with ANCAP personnel undertaking the post-crash assessment and star rating.
‘‘This was a valuable exercise in international co-operation, and we look forward to further collaborative tests and information sharing with Japan NCAP and NCAPs in other countries.’’
McIntosh applauds Mitsubishi’s decision to make electronic stability control and head-protecting side curtain airbags standard on the Australian i-MiEV.
The four-star rating applies to the 2010 i-MiEV with these features.
Successful: the i-MiEV arrives in Melbourne and (left) hits the road.