Wheels (Australia)

FCAI SLAMS ZERO-STAR VAN CRASH RATING

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FCAI CHIEF EXECUTIVE Tony Weber has questioned ANCAP’s motive for re-testing older vehicles in Australia and claims there is a lack of consistenc­y with safety ratings.

ANCAP assessed the 2021 Mitsubishi Express commercial van and gave it a zero-star rating – the first since it started testing cars in 1993 – despite the fact its ‘sister’ vehicle, the Renault Trafic with which it practicall­y shares everything but a badge, went on sale in Europe in 2015 with a three-star EuroNCAP rating.

Mr Weber said it made no sense, was a waste of taxpayer dollars and sends a confused message to Australian car buyers. However, ANCAP chief executive Carla Hoorweg argued that the European three-star result applied specifical­ly to mini-van versions only.

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