i-car’s safety tick

The lit­tle elec­tric car gets four stars un­der Aus­tralian stan­dards

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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.

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