The NSW Centre for Road Safety and the National Roads and Motorists' Association have released the latest round of ANCAP vehicle safety ratings – awarding 5-stars to the Volkswagen Polo and the Lexus CT200h and Lexus IS.
NSW Centre for Road Safety General Manager Marg Prendergast said each model scored the coveted 5-star rating as a result of their strong performance in each of the crash tests and the inclusion of key safety technologies.
"We are delighted that so many vehicles on the market include life-saving safety technologies as standard," Ms Prendergast said.
"The Volkswagen Polo has held a 5-star ANCAP safety rating since 2010 with Polo models now offering additional safety assist technologies such as emergency stop signal and secondary brake collision assist as standard.
"The Lexus CT200h includes reversing collision avoidance, which is an important step forward in helping prevent driveway crashes. It also includes emergency stop signal and a smart key which can be programmed to restrict certain operation of the vehicle, such as maximum speed."
The smart key is an innovative safety feature that allows the maximum audio volume and top speed to be set, along with seat belt and low fuel reminders.
NRMA vehicle safety expert Jack Haley said NRMA would like to see a smart key system standard on all new vehicles.
"If we are to see a significant drop in the number of lives lost on our roads, these technologies need to be provided to all, not just those who are able to pay for them," Mr Haley said.
"With programmable functions, such as limiting phone use while driving, smart keys can reduce driver distraction and other dangerous habits, helping to avoid crashes or reducing their severity."
ANCAP is supported by all Australian and New Zealand motoring clubs, the Australian Government, the New Zealand Government, Australian state and territory governments, the Victorian Transport Accident Commission, NRMA Insurance and the FIA Foundation. To search individual crash test results for over 495 vehicles visit www.mynrma.com.au/ancap and www.rms.nsw.gov.au.