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Honda CR-V, LDV T60, Haval H2 awarded five ANCAP stars

The LDV T60 is the first Chinese-built commercial vehicle to receive a five-star crash safety rating from ANCAP.

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has this week handed down five-star crash safety ratings to the Honda CR-V, LDV T60 and Haval H2.

The CR-V led from the front with the highest overall score – 35.76 out of 37 – ahead of the T60 (35.46) and H2 (34.88), which became the second and third Chinese models to achieve five-star safety following the MG ZS last month.

Applying to all CR-V variants sold from July 2017 onwards, the fifth-generation SUV's maximum rating resulted from perfect scores in the side impact at 50km/h (16 out of 16) and pole (two out of two) crash tests, as well as from the seatbelt reminders category (three out of three).

The CR-V led from the front with the highest overall score – 35.76 out of 37. The CR-V led from the front with the highest overall score – 35.76 out of 37.

The frontal offset at 64km/h crash test also returned a strong result, 14.76 out of 16, with points deducted for 'acceptable' protection of the driver's lower left leg, while all other body parts of the front-row occupants had 'good' protection. Whiplash protection was assessed as 'good'.

Furthermore, the pedestrian crash test saw the CR-V score 25.57 out of 36, which translates to overall 'acceptable' protection, with 'good' protection offered on some bonnet, grille and bumper areas.

Meanwhile, the T60 was also awarded maximum results in the side impact at 50km/h (16 out of 16) and pole (two out of two) crash tests, and in the seatbelt reminders category (three out of three).

Like the CR-V, the T60's frontal offset at 64km/h crash test performance (14.46 out of 16) was strong, with 'acceptable' protection for the driver's chest and lower right leg leading to the less-than-perfect score. All other driver and passenger body parts had 'good' protection, while whiplash protection was also 'good'.

A result of 26.64 out of 36 was given to the Chinese-built utility for the pedestrian crash test, with 'acceptable' overall protection offered, while 'good' protection was provided on some grille and bumper areas.

The T60's five-star rating applies to all four-wheel drive dual-cab variants sold from August 2017 onwards.

The H2 continued the trend with perfect scores in the side impact at 50km/h (16 out of 16) and pole (two out of two) crash tests, as well as from the seatbelt reminders category (three out of three).

The Haval H2 became the third Chinese model to achieve five-star safety following the MG ZS last month. The Haval H2 became the third Chinese model to achieve five-star safety following the MG ZS last month.

Similarly, the compact SUV fell short with a results of 13.88 out of 16 in the frontal offset at 64km/h crash test, due to 'acceptable' protection for the driver's chest, upper legs and lower left leg. Whiplash protection was 'good', while all other driver and passenger body parts also had 'good' protection.

An overall score of 23.79 out of 36 was handed to the H2 in the pedestrian crash test, with 'acceptable' overall protection provided. Most of its bumper offered 'good' protection, as well as the centre of the bonnet.

The maximum rating applies to all H2 variants sold from October 2015 onwards.

Most of the crash testing for these three models was conducted by ANCAP at its Australian facilities, with the CR-V also having some of its tests performed overseas by ASEAN NCAP.

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