LDV dis­ap­pointed at G10’s crash test rat­ing

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VAN DIS­TRIB­U­TOR LDV NEW ZEALAND SAYS IT’S DIS­AP­POINTED that its rear-wheel drive LDV G10 gained only three stars in the lat­est round of ANCAP crash test­ing.

“LDV NZ and SAIC are dis­ap­pointed with this re­sult and will use the valu­able data from this test to im­prove the LDV G10’s safety per­for­mance,” LDV NZ spokesman War­ren Will­mot told LCV News.

Will­mot says LDV’S par­ent com­pany SAIC (Shanghai Au­to­mo­tive In­dus­try Cor­po­ra­tion), China’s largest au­to­mo­tive man­u­fac­turer, “recog­nises the im­por­tance of safety and is com­mit­ted to mak­ing all fu­ture prod­ucts from LDV achieve a min­i­mum of a five-star ANCAP score.”

An­nounc­ing the three-star rat­ing in July, ANCAP said it ap­plies to all LDV G10 petrol and diesel van and peo­ple mover vari­ants sold in New Zealand and in Aus­tralia from mid-2015.

James Good­win, the chief ex­ec­u­tive of Aus­tralia-based ANCAP, said it was “a dis­ap­point­ing re­sult for LDV and con­sumers…”

He cited “a num­ber of se­ri­ous con­cerns with the G10’s struc­tural per­for­mance with the driver footwell rup­tur­ing and ex­ces­sive pedal move­ment.

“Steer­ing col­umn and dash com­po­nents were also a po­ten­tial source of knee in­jury for the driver and pas­sen­ger.”

The G10, which has dual front airbags, scored an over­all 24.49 points out of 37, and gained 9.7 out of 16 in the frontal im­pact and 16 out of 16 in the side im­pact test.

The G10 was crit­i­cised for not hav­ing side chest-pro­tect­ing and head-pro­tect­ing cur­tain airbags as avail­able op­tions.

It was also crit­i­cised for not hav­ing au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing which is not a manda­tory re­quire­ment for gain­ing a five-star rat­ing un­til next year.

ANCAP said the G10’s rat­ing was limited to three stars be­cause of the lack of side head-pro­tect­ing airbags.

Speak­ing more gen­er­ally about light com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles, Good­win said the safety stan­dards of cargo and pas­sen­ger vans “re­mains well be­low those of­fered in other seg­ments.”

He said 67 per­cent of vans rated by ANCAP “have a rat­ing of four stars or less, so we urge all brands to en­sure an em­pha­sis on safety car­ries across all mar­ket seg­ments.”

• A road test of the man­ual G10 diesel starts on Page 38 of this mag­a­zine.

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