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No ESC? No Five-star rating!

The recent five-star safety rating awarded to Subaru's latest generation Impreza was not the only good news to come from the Australian New Car Assessment Program.
2008 Subaru Impreza RX
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ANCAP boss Lachlan McIntosh, also declared what many in the industry have been asking for, from 2008, all new cars seeking a five-star safety rating require ESC.

“From 2008 a condition of being five-star is that the car is fitted with ESC...” he said

Although still one step short of government intervention to mandate ESP on all new cars, the move by ANCAP will ensure that all vehicles with a five-star safety rating meet the highest degree of passive and active safety.

“The US is mandating ESC and we think it is only reasonable anyone who has a car that they want to be rated as a five-star crashworthy car then it should also have ESC as part of it." Mr McIntosh said.

Other requirements for attaining a five-star safety rating include a pole test which requires the manufacturer to donate a car.

All other tests are at the expense of ANCAP which buys the cars from the manufacturer. Testing an average car can cost up to $200,000.

To find out the benefits of ESC, check out these videos.