The increasingly popular China-made LDV G10 van, and its people-mover derivative, have been awarded a sub-par three-star ANCAP crash result.
The rating applies to all petrol and diesel van and people-mover variants sold in Australia from mid-2015.
The G10 was tested at Crashlab in Australia in May this year, but, in keeping with the 'date stamp' policy launched in 2014, its crash performance was measured against 2015 criteria. (ANCAP has also confirmed it is reviewing the communication around this policy.)
The G10 is the second LDV model tested by ANCAP to offer a below-par level of structural safety and safety specification, after the two-star V80 van - something that went down like a lead balloon at the time.
ANCAP gave the G10 a score of 24.49 out of 37, scoring 9.37 out of 16 in the frontal offset test, and full points for the side impact test - the latter coming on a technicality.
"The side impact test normally used by ANCAP simulates a small car striking the driver's door of the test vehicle. Experience shows that large vehicles like the LDV G10 can be expected to perform well in this test. ANCAP has adopted a policy of awarding these types of vehicles a default score of 16 points (out of 16)," the crash test report reads.
The G10's overall score was truncated, however, due to the lack of side head-protecting airbags.
“This is a disappointing result for LDV and consumers with commercial buyers and families being let down in an important segment,” said ANCAP CEO James Goodwin.
“There were a number of serious concerns with the G10’s structural performance with the driver footwell rupturing and excessive pedal movement. Steering column and dash components were also a potential source of knee injury for the driver and passenger.
“The G10 also lacks important safety features such as head- and chest-protecting side airbags and seatbelt pre-tensioners which consumers today expect to be provided as standard – particularly in a vehicle which can carry up to nine passengers.”
“The safety standards of passenger and commercial vans remains well below those offered in other segments with 67 per cent of vans rated by ANCAP holding a rating of four stars or less so we urge all brands to ensure an emphasis on safety carries across all market segments."
The LDV is nevertheless tapping into a corner of the market desirous of an affordable work van or people-carrier. It has sold 539 G10 vans (a respectable 5 per cent market share) and 360 people-movers this year.