What is ANCAP?
The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) provides consumers with independent and transparent advice and information on the level of occupant protection provided by vehicles in serious front and side crashes.
Since 1993, ANCAP has published crash test results for over 300 vehicles. These vehicles are awarded star ratings indicating the level of safety they provide in the event of an accident. The higher the ANCAP star rating, the better the vehicle performed in the tests.
ANCAP awards a star rating from 1 to 5 for each vehicle following independent crash tests by specialist laboratories. All vehicles are assessed under identical testing standards and conditions. To achieve an ANCAP 5-Star rating, a vehicle must achieve the highest international recognised standards in all test categories.
ANCAP uses four internationally recognised crash tests, undertaken by independent specialist laboratories. These tests are:
- Frontal Offset Test: simulates colliding with another vehicle of the similar mass travelling at the same speed
- Sid Impact Test: simulates two vehicles colliding at 90 degrees
- Pedestrian Test: simulates accidents in which a pedestrian is hit by an oncoming vehicle
- Pole Test: simulates an accident in which a car collides with a fixed object such as a tree or pole
Vehicles with sound structures and the best safety systems regularly score higher in ANCAP crash tests.
For more information on ANCAP and to see current results visit www.ancap.com.au