High five for Chi­nese brands

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Motoring -

The Aus­tralasian New Car As­sess­ment Pro­gram, AN­CAP, has handed down five-star rat­ings to the Haval H2 small SUV and LDV T60 pick-up, mak­ing them the sec­ond and third Chi­nese ve­hi­cles after the MG GS to achieve a max­i­mum safety rat­ing.

Also among the five-star achiev­ers was the Honda CR-V mid­size SUV, which man­aged the high­est over­all rat­ing of the three.

For LDV, the T60 marks the brand’s best AN­CAP re­sult by two stars, after its V80 and G10 vans both man­aged only three stars when tested in 2015 and 2017 re­spec­tively.

The T60 per­formed strongly in the frontal off­set test with a com­bined score of 14.46 out of 16, record­ing ‘ac­cept­able’ pro­tec­tion for the driver’s chest and lower right leg, and ‘good’ rat­ings else­where.

Full points were awarded for the side im­pact and pole tests, while the whiplash test also re­turned a max­i­mum ‘good’ rat­ing.

The T60 net­ted an ‘ac­cept­able’ score of 26.64 out of 36 for the pedes­trian pro­tec­tion test, with mostly ‘ac­cept­able’ pro­tec­tion for adult and child head im­pacts on the bon­net, while adult leg im­pacts were mostly rated as ‘good’ or ‘ac­cept­able’.

Au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing is not fit­ted to any T60 vari­ant, but start­ing next year AN­CAP will be re­vis­ing its grad­ing pro­to­cols to place a greater em­pha­sis on re­ward­ing ve­hi­cles fit­ted with driver-as­sist sys­tems.

LDV im­porter Ateco Au­to­mo­tive will breathe a sigh of re­lief at the news of its rat­ing, after rep­re­sen­ta­tives pre­vi­ously told Goauto it ex­pected the new ute to gain the max­i­mum five stars.

The Haval H2 was able to acheive what its H9 big sib­ling could not, by be­ing the first model from the Chi­nese mar­que to net a five-star rat­ing.

Achiev­ing an over­all score of 34.88 out of 37, the H2 man­aged 13.88 out of 16 in the frontal off­set test, with ‘ac­cept­able’ rat­ings for the driver’s chest, left leg and right up­per leg, and ‘good’ rat­ings else­where.

As with the T60, the H2 net­ted per­fect scores for the side im­pact and pole tests, with the whiplash pro­tec­tion test also re­turn­ing a ‘good’ rat­ing.

Pedes­trian pro­tec­tion was rated slightly lower than the T60 with 23.79 out of 36, but the ‘ac­cept­able’ rat­ing was deemed the same.

The head im­pact seg­ment re­turned gen­er­ally pos­i­tive re­sults, while the leg im­pact sec­tion of­fered mainly ‘good’ pro­tec­tion, with only the up­per grille re­turn­ing poor re­sults.

Au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing was not fit­ted to the tested H2.

Lastly, Honda’s all-new CR-V medium SUV came away with a five-star rat­ing, achiev­ing the high­est over­all score of the lot with 35.76 out of 37.

‘Good’ pro­tec­tion on all ar­eas bar the driver’s lower left leg meant a frontal off­set test score of 14.76 out of 16, while the side im­pact test, pole test and whiplash test re­tuned full points.

The pedes­trian test re­sulted in a score of 25.57 out of 36, with mostly ‘ac­cept­able’ head im­pact re­sults and a mix of ‘good’ and ‘ac­cept­able’ leg im­pact scores.

Fea­tures such as au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing, adap­tive cruise con­trol and lane sup­port sys­tem are not avail­able on the base-spec CR-V, how­ever, they are stan­dard or op­tional on higher vari­ants.

AN­CAP chief ex­ec­u­tive James Good­win said the five-star rat­ing achieved by the T60 would make the boom­ing pick-up seg­ment even more com­pet­i­tive.

“This broad­ens the seg­ment even fur­ther with added choice for safe­ty­con­scious con­sumers us­ing their ute for work and week­ends,” he said.

“The T60 per­formed well in our crash tests, although like all light com­mer­cial utes cur­rently rated, it lacks au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing.”

He added oc­cu­pant pro­tec­tion was the main rea­son the H2 was able to eclipse the H9’s in­fe­rior rat­ing.

“Haval came close with its large SUV, the H9, which scored four stars when rated last year, but the H2 im­proves on that rat­ing, reach­ing five stars through in­creased lev­els of oc­cu­pant pro­tec­tion,” he said.

SMASH HIT: rat­ing. Haval’s H2 marks the first of­fer­ing from the SUV spe­cial­ists to achieve a five-star AN­CAP safety

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