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The Mercury Cars Guide : September 11th 2010
Saturday, September 11, 2010 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au ---13 RAA Crash Ratings Safest bets for first car buyers FIVE STAR: Audi A4 models from 2001 to 2008 have been awarded five stars in the RAA's crash rating tests. THE Royal Automobile Association's used car safety ratings have awarded the VE Commodore three stars. Head of technical and automotive services Mark Borlace said the Commodore family's performance, including the current ANCAP five- star rated VE, could be due to its size and equipment list. ''There was a period where the four-star was due to a lack of ESP as standard, structurally it didn't change --- there's is an element of some the pull back on the star rating of VE, because it is heavier than average --- it probably inflicts a fair bit of damage on smaller cars that it hits,'' he said. Monash University's Accident Research Centre crash survey awarded five stars to the Camry and Aurion --- on models built from 2006 until 2008. The 1999-2002 Ford Fairlane/LTD, Holden's Statesman/Caprice and the 2003-5 Mitsubishi Magna/ Verada line-ups all rated four stars. Three-ratings were also awarded to the 2002-08 BA/BF Ford Falcon, the Holden Statesman/Caprice range from 1994 to 1998 and the 2002-07 Holden Commodore VY/VZ range. Mr Borlace said the used-car rating information was an excellent way to help motorists --- particularly parents and their teenage children --- buy a safer used vehicle, because it was based on data provided from real crashes. ''What we're starting to see is reasonable protection being afforded in cars that kids can now afford. ''Golf for example has featured well in the last few years and are still going well, hovering in that $3000 to $4000 range. ''We want to help address the first- car thing,'' he said. Mr Borlace said many parents ''co- bought'' cars with their children and the association aimed to make the list a useful tool in that purchase. ''The kids want something sexy and parents want something safe, what we're hoping to provide with this list they'll be able to find enough something that is sexy enough for the kids to live with and safe enough for the parents to feel like it's an investment.'' The results also suggest smaller cars have improved in recent years, with the 1996-2000 Volkswagen Polo scoring five stars and the 2005-2008 Holden Barina rating four stars. ''This report dispels the myth that older, heavier cars are safer than light small ones and proves vehicles built with safety in mind offer the best protection,'' Mr Borlace said. The results showed that, excluding light-commercial utes, every vehicle class has at least one vehicle with an ''excellent'' five-star rating and of the 199 vehicles examined, more than a third scored either good or excellent. ''Over the next few years we'll really be targeting this at young people. We're hoping they will get into the safety habit and being used to buying a car with an airbag, so it's a given that they will go for that in the future,'' Mr Borlace said. The 2010 Used Car Safety Ratings can be downloaded from the RAA website --- raa.com.au. One star crash ratings Model (year) Daewoo Espero (95-97) Daewoo Tacuma (00-04) Daihatsu Feroza/Rocky (89-97) Daihatsu Rocky/Rugger (85-98) Daihatsu Charade (93-00) Daihatsu Mira (90-96) Ford Festiva (94-01) Holden Commodore Ute VR/VS (94-00) Suzuki Carry/Holden Scurry (82-00) Suzuki Sierra/Holden Drover (82-99) Suzuki Swift/Holden Barina (89-99) Hyundai Excel/Accent (95-00) Hyundai Getz/TB (02-08) Kia Ceres (92-00) Nissan Micra 9(5-97) Nissan NX/NX-R (91-96) Subaru Impreza (93-00) Suzuki Alto (85-00)) Suzuki Vitara/Escudo (88-98) Toyota 4Runner/Hilux (89-97) Toyota Landcruiser (90-97) Five star crash ratings Model (year) Audi A4 (01-08) BMW 5 Series (96-03) BMW X5 (01-08) Chrysler Neon (96-99) Ford Explorer (01-05) Ford Transit (01-08) Honda Accord (03-07) Mazda 6 (02-07) Mazda MX5 Roadster (98-05) Mercedes Benz C-Class (00-07) Mercedes Benz M-Class (98-05) Mitsubishi Nimbus (99-03) Mitsubishi Pajero (00-06) Peugeot 307 (01-08) Peugeot 406 (96-04) Saab 900/9-3 (94-02) Saab 9000 (86-97) Subaru Liberty (03-08) Subaru Forester (97-02) Toyota Aurion (06-08) Toyota Camry (06-08) Volkswagen Golf/Jetta (04-08) Volkswagen Polo (96-00) The new Audi A8. 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