Date Added: 12/10/2012
After assessing the recent European New Car Assessment Program (Euro NCAP) crash test data - and applying their own computations - the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has awarded the All-New Isuzu D-MAX a four-star safety rating.
The All-New Isuzu D-MAX was also awarded a four-star safety rating by independent vehicle assessment organisation, Euro NCAP.
The results of the recently-introduced, tougher Euro NCAP testing process mark the new Isuzu D-MAX as one of the safest vehicles in its segment.
The D-MAX received 83 per cent in the adult occupant category, scoring maximum points for the protection it provides in the side-barrier test, thanks to its new, stronger, longer and wider chassis (compared to its predecessor). Euro NCAP also praised the front and rear head restraints for providing good protection against whiplash injuries in a rear-end collision.
The D-MAX’s full complement of safety equipment contributed to the D-MAX's joint-class-leading score of 71 per cent in the safety assist category. In the child occupant category, the new D-MAX scored 67 per cent.
Euro NCAP evidence also illustrated the Isuzu D-MAX out-scored its rival the VW Amarok which was awarded a five-star ANCAP rating in Australia.
Compared with the Amarok, Euro NCAP awarded the Isuzu D-MAX higher scores for child occupant protection (67% to 64%), pedestrian safety (51% to 47%) and safety assistance technology (71% to 57%). The only area in which the Amarok rated higher was adult occupant protection, scoring 86 per cent versus the Isuzu D-MAX’s 83 per cent.
Under ANCAP’s rating system, the All-New Isuzu D-MAX fell just 2.02 points short of the mandatory score in the frontal offset crash test required for a five-star rating (10.48 – 12.5 required).
Isuzu has invested heavily in providing the All-New Isuzu D-MAX with a full-suite of the latest safety features including 4-channel 4-sensor Anti-skid Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control System (TCS) along with six (6) airbags (dual front, curtain and side) to ensure it is one of the safest light-commercial vehicles on the market today.
Isuzu UTE Australia is addressing this latest development and will release further information regarding the timing of their endeavour to achieve a five-star ANCAP rating for the D-MAX shortly.