21 August 2007
Subaru's new Impreza has gained a 5 star rating from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) – Australasia's leading vehicle safety advocate.
ANCAP Chair, Lauchlan McIntosh, announced the 5 star rating for the new model Impreza today and congratulated Subaru for providing a complete 5 star fleet for the Australian market.
“ANCAP is pleased to see more manufacturers providing the latest safety technologies. This test result for the new Impreza model demonstrates the benefit for motorists from Subaru’s commitment to improving vehicle safety,” he said.
ANCAP also gave the Impreza a 4 star pedestrian impact test rating – the maximum available for pedestrian protection. This is the first vehicle to be awarded a maximum pedestrian rating under ANCAP testing – showing that the injury risk to pedestrians and
other vulnerable road users can be reduced.
The new Impreza provides a wide range of the latest safety technologies, including electronic stability control (ESC) and head protecting side airbags for driver and passengers.
In ANCAP's frontal impact crash test at 64km per hour, the Impreza compartment proved to be very strong, reducing the potential for injury to occupants in real-world crashes. The Impreza also achieved high scores in the separate side impact and side pole crash tests.
ANCAP crash tests new vehicles, awards them a comparative star rating and publicises the results to inform new car buyers. ANCAP’s stakeholders are all Australian and New Zealand motoring clubs, all Australian state governments, the New Zealand government, the Victorian Transport Accident Commission, the Insurance Australia Group and the FIA Foundation.