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Subaru Smashes Safety Barriers

October 22nd, 2008
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Subaru has underlined its outstanding safety credentials with confirmation that its entire Australian range is now equipped with standard stability control and shares independent five star crashworthiness ratings.

70 per cent of the Subaru All-Wheel Drive range has been stability-equipped for the past 12 months.

But the addition of the Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) stability safety system to manual variants of the Model Year 2009 Outback, Liberty 2.5i, 2.5i Heritage and both GT spec.B manual and automatic, provides 100 per cent coverage.

Combined with independent five-star crashworthiness ratings for occupant safety from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), this places Subaru at the forefront of automotive safety in Australia.

ANCAP’s testing has been conducted purely on Australian specification Subarus, to local standards.

Subaru Managing Director, Nick Senior, said: “Safety has long been a key aspect of Subaru’s reputation. With the release of our MY09 Liberty and Outback models, our entire range is now VDC equipped and five-star rated, which is clear proof of our safety commitment.

“The engineers at Fuji Heavy Industries have worked closely with our own Subaru Australia engineering team to place us well ahead of any mandatory Federal legislation regarding stability control.

“This demonstrates Subaru’s commitment to occupant safety and a proactive approach to safety generally.”

ANCAP is backed by the nation’s motoring organizations and statutory transport bodies.

Its ratings are recognized by equivalent organizations in the U.S.A., Europe, Japan and Korea, where crash testing is also performed and results shared with Australia.

Vehicles undergo three types of crash testing:

  • A side impact at 50 kilometres per hour
  • An offset crash test into a barrier at 64 km/h
  • An optional side crash into a pole at 29 km/h

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