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The Australian-market Suzuki Celerio has managed to outperform its European counterpart with a four-star ANCAP safety result announced overnight.

The news comes just hours after Suzuki Australia confirmed it had delayed the launch of its new micro car due to a brake issue detected overseas.

The four-seat Celerio replaces the Alto in the Japanese car maker’s line-up. Starting at $12,990 driveway, it’s charged with maintaining Suzuki’s status as the brand with Australia’s cheapest new car to own and run. 

While giving Suzuki a kick for missing out on five stars — something its bargain-basement rival the Mitsubishi Mirage did manage under the 2013 regimen — ANCAP nevertheless commended Suzuki for outdoing some other markets with its choice of safety-oriented specification. 

As we’ve reported, Euro NCAP gave the Celerio three stars, though Suzuki Australia has long promised today’s four-star effort.

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“While the Australasian-spec Celerio features additional safety equipment to that of its European equivalent, its safety credentials have still prevented it from reaching the maximum five-star goal,” ANCAP said. 

“The Suzuki Celerio enters the Australasian market with the addition of head-protecting side curtain airbags and seatbelt reminders for both front- and second-row occupants – features omitted from the European-sold model.

“ANCAP is pleased to see that Suzuki Australia has made the decision to provide Australian and New Zealand consumers with a car which has these additional safety features.

“We are happy to see Suzuki’s positive response to this pressure even though the Celerio’s list of other safety features does not meet ANCAP’s requirements for five stars.”

As the Celerio did not have the requisite number of safety assist technologies (active and passive features) for five stars, it was ineligible for a pole test. Good performance in the pole test is required for a five-star rating.

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Meanwhile, the other model tested in the latest round of ANCAP results was the all-new Hyundai Sonata, which launches next week. See full information on that car here. 

As expected, this mid-sized player managed the requisite five-star result, though ANCAP reserved on criticism, stating that: “Advanced safety features such as autonomous emergency braking (AEB) which is standard on Hyundai’s recently launched Genesis is however lacking”. 

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