Top safety rat­ing for Chi­nese ve­hi­cles


Chi­nese-built ve­hi­cles can’t be dis­missed as junk any more.

Two Chi­nese-sourced ve­hi­cles – one a ute and the other an SUV – have just be­come the first sold in New Zealand to be awarded an al­limpor­tant five-star crash safety rat­ing.

The Aus­tralasian New Car Assess­ment Pro­gramme (An­cap) has an­nounced its top safety mark for the Haval H2 SUV and the LDV T60 ute, plus the Thai-built Honda CR-V SUV.

This is the first time any Chi­nese ve­hi­cles cur­rently on sale in New Zealand have achieved top safety rat­ings.

AA Mo­tor­ing Ser­vices Gen­eral Man­ager Stella Stocks said both the SUV and the ute sit within pop­u­lar ve­hi­cle seg­ments in New Zealand, and are likely to be­come strong com­peti­tors against the tra­di­tion­ally pop­u­lar brands.

‘‘The Haval H2 has a very com­pet­i­tive price where con­sumers can get them­selves into a brand new small SUV for about $26,000. With a five-star safety rat­ing, it’s not only af­ford­able, but safe,’’ she said.

‘‘Sim­i­larly, the LDV T60 stacks up as a real con­tender in the ute mar­ket.’’

Over the last 10 years a num­ber of Chi­nese-built ve­hi­cles have en­tered the New Zealand new ve­hi­cle mar­ket with low prices – but they’ve fallen well short in the safety stakes, said Stella Stocks.

‘‘We’ve chal­lenged Chi­nese man­u­fac­tur­ers to lift their game in the safety stakes, and this year they clearly have which is a win for Kiwi car buyers.’’

Both the Haval and LDV have a range of safety as­sist and crash avoid­ance tech­nolo­gies on board as stan­dard. How­ever, the T60, like all light com­mer­cial utes cur­rently rated, lacks au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing.

LDV New Zealand sales and mar­ket­ing man­ager War­ren Will­mot said he is thrilled the T60 has re­ceived the five-star rat­ing on its first at­tempt.

‘‘LDV is com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing all fu­ture prod­uct will get that rat­ing. Next up will be the D90 SUV – and that ve­hi­cle does have au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing,’’ he said.

Mean­while, the Honda CR-V is praised for pro­vid­ing a broad range of tech­nol­ogy, and also of­fers au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing as an op­tion ex­cept on the base model. All vari­ants of the CRV are cov­ered by the five-star rat­ing.

AN­CAP is sup­ported by all Aus­tralian mo­tor­ing clubs, the New Zealand Au­to­mo­bile As­so­ci­a­tion, the Aus­tralian Govern­ment, the New Zealand Govern­ment, Aus­tralian state and ter­ri­tory gov­ern­ments, the Vic­to­rian Trans­port Ac­ci­dent Com­mis­sion, NRMA In­surance and the FIA Foun­da­tion.

The LDV T60 ute, which has just re­ceived the top An­cap safety rat­ing.

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