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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-26-02, 05:05 PM Thread Starter
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A Daihatsu Sirion earns its three stars in a crash test by the Australian New Car Assessment Program. Twelve small cars scored four stars. Picture: AAP

ADELAIDE: Small cars are becoming safer with 12 now scoring four out of five stars in crash testing.

The latest results from the Australian New Car Assessment Program also found that six more models were worth three stars and a further three rated two stars.

Only one model rated just one star, the Korean-built Daewoo Lanos.

The results compared with the first ANCAP tests on small cars in 1994 when most scored the equivalent of just two stars.

The cars scoring four stars yesterday were the Peugeot 307, Toyota Echo, Holden Barina , Subaru Impreza, Toyota Corolla, Mercedes Benz A Class, Honda Civic, Volkswagen Beetle, Audi A3, Holden Astra , Peugeot 206 and Volkswagen Golf.

Those scoring three stars were the Daihatsu Sirion, Hyundai Accent, Alfa Romeo 147, Hyundai Elantra, Kia Rio and Ford Laser .

Two-star rated were the Nissan Pulsar, Mazda 121, Mitsubishi Lancer and Daewoo Nubira.

Airbags were a key to the improved results with 22 of the 23 cars fitted with a driver airbag, 14 fitted with driver and passenger airbags and six fitted with driver, passenger and side airbags.

But ANCAP spokesman Mark Borlace said car companies had made safety improvements in many areas.

"The improvements in safety aren't just about one thing," he said. "It's about better design, it's about the equipment they put in the cars.

"But it's also about the investment they put into safety development."

Mr Borlace said it was hoped consumers would use the star ratings as a guide when buying a new car.

"Many of the four-star-rated vehicles are very affordable, so if new car buyers choose these instead of the poorer-performing models then the Australian fleet will gradually become much safer," he said.

In the tests each car is subjected to an offset crash into a barrier at 64km/h and a side impact where the driver's door is struck at 50km/h.

The cars were also tested to determine the chance of a pedestrian suffering serious or fatal injuries in an impact at 40km/h.

You know, somebody actually complimented me on my driving today. They left a little note on the windscreen. It said, 'Parking Fine.'So that was nice.

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How's the Focus compare with the laser?
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That subject title is a little deceptive.

Small cars may be now safer, but not safer than larger cars. Smaller cars are getting safer than they used to be.
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I've been in a 60-70km/h accident and hit straight into a sigma (prick turned on a red light when my mate was going straight).

Ford Falcon or a small buzz box i know which one will comeout 2nd best.

Thats why from that day one i swear i'd only drive big cars, never know who's out there.

True small cars are getting safer, but bigger cars are as well.

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I know this - the more ppl there are out there driving small cars the safer I am
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How's the Focus compare with the laser?
I'm not sure but I think the Focus has a 4 star rating, though I do know that the Focus is a safer car than the Laser/323.

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I agree that the roads would be a safer place if only large sedans were on the roads, but that is very impractical of course. It's great to see real effort being put into the safety of small cars, but as soon as that same technology is put into bigger cars, they remain safer overall by a similar margin.

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Hasnt the barra been put through some serious saftey improvements?

Wonder how this car will rate?
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