The Mitsubishi Express has the dubious honor of being ANCAP’s first-ever zero-star vehicle
The particular Australasian New Car Evaluation Program (ANCAP) has granted its first-ever zero-star accident rating. The vehicle to be provided the badge of pity is the Mitsubishi Communicate van, which was shown to present “notable risk of severe injury to the chest” within three out of four accident tests – frontal counter, full width frontal plus oblique pole.
Further marks were dropped for “potential hard leg contact points” in the frontal tests, and for the deforming side cargo door throughout in side tests : “openings through which partial disposition may be possible”. Yikes.
The front chair design makes whiplash accidental injuries likely for the driver as well as the passengers, and there are not a whole lot of airbags safeguarding them. ‘Adult Occupant Protection’ was scored at fifty five per cent – what pulled the Express down to the 0-star rating was the accident prevention technology. Or insufficient, as there isn’t a lot of it.
The particular Mitsubishi scored seven percent for ‘Safety Assist’ because it lacks features like autonomous emergency braking (AEB) plus seat belt reminders. The sole perform that could be assessed was a guide speed limiter, which produced a score of 1. twenty five out of 3 in its type.
Vans are generally behind the particular curve when it comes to safety, especially with the fitting of generating assistance tech. Euro NCAP, whose test structure ANCAP adopted a few years ago, examined 19 vans not so long ago, covering 98 per cent of models bought from Europe in 2019. Outcome was mixed.
Not one scored its top ‘Platinum’ rating, and five vehicles didn’t even make the reduce for ‘Bronze’, with European NCAP branding them “not recommended for their general insufficient safety systems”. Among those had been the Renault Trafic and Fiat Talento, both relatives of the Mitsubishi Express.
Regarding the Express’ performance, ANCAP boss Carla Hoorweg said:
“Safety rating criteria plus consumer expectations have advanced, as have manufacturers’ wish and ability to introduce enhanced levels of safety. We know Mitsubishi can deliver vehicles along with high levels of overall protection and a wide range of modern security technologies and we encourage them to speed up the introduction of these features to their van product. ”