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The Mercury Cars Guide : August 22nd 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009 safe driving PROTECTION: The 2003 Holden Rodeo was one of the best utes. ROCK SOLID: The 1998 Ford Fairlane was one of the best large cars in the safety tests. Some pre-1995 micro cars, commer- cial vehicles and four-wheel drives also rated poorly. The MUARC study ranked older versions of the Daihatsu Mira, Subaru Sherpa, Suzuki Alto, Suzuki Carry van and Daihatsu Rocky as very poor. Other models that scored poorly or very poorly included the Daihatsu Mira built between 1990 and 1996 and the Nissan Pintara built between 1989 and 1992. Many late-model Australian-made cars scored above average but European and Japanese cars dominated. Ford Falcons and Holden Commo- dores from 2002 to 2007 achieved good rankings but older Saabs, MercedesBenzes, Audis and BMWs excelled. The ratings are in their 17th year Not surprisingly, vehicles built before 1995 dominated the worst performers. ‘‘These vehicles generally do not have the safety features of some of the more modern cars, like airbags and stronger bodies,’’ Dr Newstead said. AUDI STRENGTH: The 2001 Audi, one of the best medium cars tested. ‘‘Generally, the newer the car, the better the protection for driver and passengers.’’ Among the worst performers were pre-1995 versions of the Hyundai Excel, Mitsubishi Lancer and Nissan NX. and vehicles have been rated by both their occupant protection and impact on other road users, including cyclists and pedestrians. Dr Newstead urged car buyers to make safety a high priority when choosing a second-hand vehicle, regardless of budget. COMPACT: The 2002 Honda CR-V was one of the best Compact 4x4s. Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au —3
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