10 Sep 2015
Both the Mazda2 and CX-3 have joined the 5 Star ANCAP Safety Rating Club. At the latest ANCAP testing undertaken in Australia both vehicles were found to offer very good occupant and pedestrian protection and have Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) available as an option.
Andrew Clearwater, Managing Director Mazda New Zealand said the 5 star safety rating awarded to the Mazda2 and CX-3 highlights Mazda’s commitment to ensuring drivers and passengers in Mazda vehicles along with members of the public are offered the very best in protection and safety.
“When people get behind the wheel of a Mazda we want them to experience the thrill of driving but also have the reassurance that they are in a vehicle that has been developed with safety as the number one priority.”
ANCAP has been calling for the AEB technology to increasingly be included in Australasian cars due to its life-saving potential. AEB systems use camera and/or sensor technology to detect the speed and distance of other vehicles or objects in the vehicle's path. The technology then automatically brakes if the driver does not respond in order to avoid or minimise the severity of a crash.
ANCAP CEO, Mr Nicholas Clarke says "International studies have shown the effectiveness of AEB systems in preventing real world crashes may be higher than 50%*. The introduction of more advanced AEB systems - which work at a range of speeds, and which are able to detect other obstacles such as pedestrians and cyclists - will contribute to a further reduction in the number and severity of road crashes."
ANCAP is supported by all Australian and New Zealand motoring clubs, the Australian Government, the New Zealand Government, Australian state and territory governments, the Victorian Transport Accident Commission, NRMA Insurance and the FIA Foundation.