08 Apr 2013
Five star cars dominating sales in Australia and New Zealand

Australian vehicle sales figures for the first quarter of 2013 (January through March) have shown 5 star cars now dominate the passenger and SUV market segments. Of the 266,000 new vehicles sold across Australia year to date, 70% held the maximum 5 star ANCAP safety rating. When separated out by category, 82% (~110,000) of passenger vehicles and 69% (~57,000) of SUVs sold held a 5 star rating. The light commercial segment however is trailing with the dominant ANCAP safety rating in this category being 4 stars (58% of sales). 5 star rated LCVs currently make up 29% of sales.

Of the 10 top selling models across Australia year to date, eight held the maximum 5 star ANCAP safety rating. The two remaining models (both LCVs) – Nissan Navara and Toyota Hilux – each held a 4 star ANCAP safety rating. A similar spread of ANCAP safety ratings was seen across New Zealand in January 2013 with eight of their top 10 sellers holding the maximum 5 star ANCAP safety rating.

ANCAP has published safety ratings for over 435 vehicles. To search these ratings, learn more about safety technologies, explore interactive features, watch videos and to download images and media releases visit ancap.com.au.

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.