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Young drivers still wildly over-represented in road fatalities

Young drivers are almost twice as likely to be killed in a traffic accident than their parents, according to new data from Australian Roads. The research says traffic injuries are the second-biggest killer of people aged between 15 and 24 in Australia...

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2018 Holden Commodore gets five-star ANCAP safety rating
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2018 Holden Commodore gets five-star ANCAP safety rating

The 2018 Holden Commodore has been awarded a five-star safety rating from independent crash-testing firm, ANCAP. It's the first score issued by ANCAP this year, and fittingly it's given to the first imported Commodore. The 'ZB' Commodore managed 35.54 out of 38 for adult occupant protection, equating to 93 per cent...


Peugeot adds AEB across the line-up - UPDATE
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Peugeot adds AEB across the line-up - UPDATE

Update (22/1): Peugeot's local division has confirmed that the 208 GTi and 308 GTi are unavailable with AEB from the factory, and therefore are not included as part of the range-wide safety upgrade. Peugeot Australia has added autonomous emergency braking (AEB) as standard equipment across its line-up, including the 208, 308, 2008 and 3008...


2018 Toyota Kluger pricing and specs
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2018 Toyota Kluger pricing and specs

An upgraded 2018 Toyota Kluger range is now on sale in Australia, headlined by the inclusion of active safety technologies like autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and adaptive cruise control across the range. Following in the footsteps of the smaller RAV4 and larger Prado, the popular Kluger is the latest model from the Japanese manufacturer to get the safety suite fitted as standard...


ANCAP Crashlab to get $1.6m upgrade
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ANCAP Crashlab to get $1.6m upgrade

The New South Wales Government has committed $1.6 million to upgrading the ANCAP Crashlab, which will enable the facility to assess autonomous vehicle safety technologies. Minister for roads, maritime and freight, Melinda Pavey, made the announcement this week, which will support local crash-testing authority, ANCAP, in the testing of driver assistance systems...


2018 Jeep Compass scores five-star ANCAP safety rating
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2018 Jeep Compass scores five-star ANCAP safety rating

The 2018 Jeep Compass has been awarded a five-star safety rating by independent local crash-testing authority, ANCAP. Scoring 35.93 out of 37, the Compass achieved full marks for the side impact and pole tests, along with a best-possible 'good' rating for whiplash protection...


Euro NCAP stars fall for facelifted models
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Euro NCAP stars fall for facelifted models

Euro NCAP has released its latest safety scores this week for a number of models, including updated ratings for ageing vehicles still sold as new cars. Several all-new cars got full five-star ratings, including the Hyundai Kona, Kia Stinger, BMW 6 Series GT and Jaguar F-Pace, while re-testing of some recently-facelifted versions of older models revealed some sub-par results - including a zero-star score...


2018 Jaguar F-Pace scores five stars in ANCAP testing
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2018 Jaguar F-Pace scores five stars in ANCAP testing

The 2018 Jaguar F-Pace has scored five stars in ANCAP's safety testing, with the rating applying to the entire range. Jaguar's top-seller achieved 93 per cent for adult occupant protection and 85 per cent for child occupant protection, along with an 80 per cent rating for pedestrian protection...


MG ZS gets four-star ANCAP rating
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MG ZS gets four-star ANCAP rating

The new MG ZS has scored a disappointing four stars in ANCAP safety testing, while the Holden Equinox and Hyundai Kona managed five-star ratings. Hindering the MG's success was a below-average 10.46 out of 16 for the frontal-offset test, which saw insufficient inflation of the passenger's airbag, causing the dummy to 'bottom out'...


2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross scores five-stars ANCAP rating
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2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross scores five-stars ANCAP rating

The 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross has scored five-stars in independent ANCAP testing, joining a long list of new cars to achieve the maximum score. Set to arrive in Mitsubishi dealerships on December 22, the new Eclipse Cross scored 97 per cent for adult occupant protection, with perfect scores in the pole and side-impact tests...


2018 BMW X3 scores five-stars ANCAP safety rating
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2018 BMW X3 scores five-stars ANCAP safety rating

The 2018 BMW X3 has been awarded a five-star rating from independent crash-test authority ANCAP. With a total score of 35.41 out of 38 for adult occupant protection, the X3 returned a perfect score in the side-impact test, and 7.3 out of 8 for the pole test. The car also scored well in child occupant protection testing, with a score of 84 per cent, and offers good pedestrian protection (70 per cent) too...


New Wrangler misses AEB for now, coming to Oz for testing
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New Wrangler misses AEB for now, coming to Oz for testing

  The seventh-generation Jeep Wrangler, set for a late-2018 arrival in Oz, will likely launch without autonomous-emergency braking (AEB) systems. That means the car, unveiled today at the Los Angeles motor show, will be automatically disqualified from a five-star safety rating under European and Australian testing...


2018 Toyota Camry scores five-star ANCAP rating
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2018 Toyota Camry scores five-star ANCAP rating

The new-generation 2018 Toyota Camry has been awarded a five-star safety rating from independent crash-testing authority ANCAP. Scoring 36.16 out of 37, the Camry managed a perfect score in both side impact and pole tests, along with 15.16 out of 16 for the frontal offset test...


ANCAP to expand test program
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ANCAP to expand test program

The Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) will expand its range of crash tests, and put automated safety features to the test from next year. Headlining the more advanced ANCAP tests will be new crash test dummies, including new child dummies, along with pedestrian, cyclist and vehicle targets. Test barriers and trolleys will be modified, too, as part of the changes...


2018 Volvo XC60 gets five-star ANCAP rating
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2018 Volvo XC60 gets five-star ANCAP rating

The new-generation Volvo XC60 has been awarded the full five-star safety rating by independent crash-testing authority ANCAP. It scored an impressive 98 per cent, or 37.25 out of 38, for adult occupant protection, including perfect scores in the side-impact and pole categories. A score of 87 per cent, 42...


2018 Nissan Patrol arrives in Australia with new rear-view mirror tech
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2018 Nissan Patrol arrives in Australia with new rear-view mirror tech

The updated 2018 Nissan Patrol has landed Down Under this week, with the company also confirming a new digital rear-view mirror technology for its updated off-roader. Dubbed 'Intelligent Rear View Mirror' (I-RVM), the system allows the driver to "see around" second and third row interior obstacles, improving driver visibility...


Victorian drink-driving penalties to get tougher
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Victorian drink-driving penalties to get tougher

Proposed changes to Victorian drink-driving laws would see first-time offenders lose their licence for three months. Anyone caught driving with a blood-alcohol content (BAC) between 0.05 and 0.069 face licence cancellation and disqualification for three months, while all drivers caught over the 0.05 limit will be forced to have an alcohol interlock fitted to their cars for six months...


Hyundai Mobis develops world-first sunroof airbag
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Hyundai Mobis develops world-first sunroof airbag

Hyundai Mobis has unveiled the world's first sunroof airbag, designed to stop occupants being thrown from their cars in a rollover. According to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 260 people were thrown from the sunroof of their cars in rollover accidents between 2010 and 2016. The company said the global market for sunroofs was worth around US$6 billion ($7...


LDV T60, Haval H2, Honda CR-V get five-star ANCAP rating
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LDV T60, Haval H2, Honda CR-V get five-star ANCAP rating

Independent crash-testing authority ANCAP has released its latest safety ratings this week, with the Haval H2, Honda CR-V and LDV T60 all receiving five-star scores. The H2 and T60 join the MG GS as the only Chinese cars to wear a five-star safety rating, scoring 35.46 and 34.88 out of 37 points respectively...


Video: Bosch Trailer Safety Control is a must-have safety system
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Video: Bosch Trailer Safety Control is a must-have safety system

With over one million caravans and trailers registered in Australia — plus another 12 million in the USA — it's crazy to think that advanced braking technology isn't yet the norm. Tech giant Bosch is looking to change that, this month taking the wraps off a system that implements stability control for trailers. No surprise, caravan owners are the brand's target market...