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by Tim Beissmann

Hyundai Australia has released a behind-the-scenes video documenting the crash testing of the new 2012 Hyundai Elantra conducted by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).

The film shows rarely seen footage from within the RTA’s Crashlab facility where ANCAP puts vehicles through their paces to test their safety credentials.

According to Jack Haley from ANCAP and the NRMA, the crash test vehicles – and their four crash dummy occupants – take several days to prepare. He said thousands of readings were recorded and analysed during the crash tests.

The video shows the Elantra undergoing three crash tests: the offset frontal test, the side impact test and the pole test.

As reported yesterday, the new small Hyundai sedan scored 33.21 points out of 37, giving it a five-star ANCAP safety rating.

It scored 14.24 out of 16 for the offset frontal crash test and 13.97 out of 16 in the side impact crash test. The report said there was a slight risk of serious chest injury for the driver and a slight risk of lower leg injury for the driver and passenger. It also scored five bonus points for completing the pole test and for having seatbelt reminders fitted standard for front and rear passengers.

Read CarAdvice’s full drive review of the 2012 Hyundai Elantra.

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