Focussing on family safety

The popular Mazda6 is gaining five-star praise after producing strong results in the latest Australasian New Car Assessment Programme with a safe family motoring focus.

Along with the Mazda6, one of New Zealand’s most popular cars, the Kia Carens has been awarded a five-star ANCAP safety rating.

The popular Mazda6.

Recently launched on the New Zealand market, the Kia Carens and the Mazda6 performed strongly in their crash tests.

Both vehicles have dual frontal, side chest and curtain airbags as standard. However, curtain airbags are not fitted for the third row of the Carens.

Also standard for both vehicles are antilock brakes, electronic brake distribution and electronic stability control.

AA motoring services general manager Stella Stocks says it is pleasing the popular Mazda6 performed so strongly.

“Kiwis took to the Mazda6 from its initial introduction and its popularity has significantly increased in the years since. That Mazda continues to invest to ensure subsequent models are safer is a testament of its commitment to consumers and also other road users.”

She adds it is fantastic to see a people mover in the mix with the Kia Carens receiving a five star ANCAP safety rating with ease.

“People movers are a favourite for larger families and community groups. The Carens has been absent from our market for a couple of years but now it’s back and with a five-star rating it offers Kiwi buyers a safe and affordable option.”

Transport Agency access and use general manager Celia Patrick says the NZTA is working to improve the safety of New Zealand’s vehicle fleet as part of the Government’s Safer Journeys strategy and it is great news that the range of top safety-rated cars is continuing to grow.

"Crash statistics show that occupants of five-star-rated vehicles are much less likely to receive life-threatening injuries in a crash than occupants of lower rated vehicles. With today’s safety technology five-star ratings are increasingly becoming the norm, and we urge people to buy the safest vehicle they can afford.”

ANCAP has also awarded a five-star safety rating to the Renault Clio three-cylinder engine variants. This model is expected to be introduced to the New Zealand market in 2014.

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.

The full list of ANCAP’s vehicle safety ratings, other vehicle safety information and the specifications of the rated vehicles are available online at


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