ANCAP is currently developing a new website. In the interim, this page
provides summaries of recent results and background information.
What is ANCAP?
The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) gives consumers consistent
information on the level of occupant protection provided by vehicles in serious
front and side crashes.
The program is supported by Australian and New Zealand automobile clubs, the
State government road and transport authorities of NSW, Victoria, South
Australia, Queensland, Tasmania and Western Australia, the New Zealand
Government and the FIA Foundation.
November 2006 Release
August 2006 Release
Click here to download the latest ANCAP brochure
June 2006 Release
March 2006 Release - Commercial Utilities
September 2005 Release - 4WDs
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download the September 2005 brochure
July 2004 Release
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the July 2004 brochure
About the Tests
Each vehicle model tested in ANCAP is subjected to an offset crash test into
a barrier, a side impact test and a pedestrian impact test. A pole test is
optional. The vehicles purchased for the test program were typical of those
vehicles available to new car purchasers.
The offset frontal crash test simulates colliding with another vehicle.
In this test, 40% of the car, on the driver’s side, initially makes contact with
a crushable aluminium barrier at 64km/h.
The side impact test consists of running a 950kg trolley into the driver’s
side of the test vehicle at 50km/h. The trolley has a crushable aluminium face
to simulate the front of another vehicle.
A pole test is an optional extra test, available at the manufacturer’s cost,
if the vehicle performs very well in the side impact test and is fitted with
head protecting side airbags. The vehicle impacts a steel pole lined up with the
driver’s head, at 29km/h sideways.
About the Pedestrian Impact Tests
Pedestrian Impact tests are also carried out, which estimate head and leg
injuries to pedestrians struck by the test vehicle travelling at 40 km/h. The
results from this test are listed in the ratings below. Pedestrian impacts
represent 18 percent of the fatal road crashes in Australia and New Zealand.
To simplify the crash test results and the pedestrian impact results, ANCAP
has assigned an occupant rating and a pedestrian rating in stars to each vehicle
model. The occupant rating considers the injury measures to the head, neck,
chest, abdomen, pelvis, upper and lower legs and the deformation of the
vehicle’s structure. The star rating assigned on the basis of the crash test
results combines offset and side impact results and includes any additional
points awarded in circumstances where advanced seatbelt reminders are fitted or
where the optional pole test was conducted. The pedestrian rating considers the
injury measures to the head, upper legs, knees and lower legs when struck by a
vehicle travelling at 40km/h.
ANCAP results are intended to be used to compare the crash protection
provided by vehicles in severe crashes.
Occupants of heavier vehicles in real-world two-vehicle crashes typically
fare better than people in lighter vehicles. This is why crash test results
shouldn’t be compared among vehicles with large weight differences. In many
single vehicle crashes, weight offers no safety advantage.