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Subaru’s Safety Status Sustained

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2010 Subaru Legacy (Liberty in Australia) shown above.
The new Liberty and Outback is close to a local release.

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30th August, 2009

Subaru has maintained a five-star safety rating across its entire range, with new generation Liberty and Outback scoring highly in the latest round of crashworthiness testing by the Australasian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP).

Both new Liberty and Outback were awarded 34.8 out of a possible 37 points, gaining a five-star rating for occupant safety.

In addition to dual front, side and curtain airbags, both models also introduce a driver’s knee airbag.

Electronic stability control is standard across the Subaru range.

Nick Senior, Managing Director, Subaru Australia, said: “Safety is an absolute priority at Subaru.”

“All our Australian specification cars are crash tested locally. We don’t rely on overseas results, which may not necessarily reflect local spec and may not even have been conducted using right hand drive cars.”

He added: “Subaru has consistent safety features across its entire range, making it an easy choice for safety-conscious customers. Our own research indicates safety as one of the top three considerations for our customers.”

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“We’re pleased that this is reflected in sales, so it’s true that in our case, safety sells.”

In ANCAP tests, cars are subjected to a frontal offset crash test and a side impact test.

To be considered for the coveted five-star status, they also have to undergo an optional pole test.

ANCAP Chairman, Lauchlan McIntosh, congratulated Subaru for “its industry-leading five-star fleet with the new Liberty and Outback maintaining their top ratings.”

ANCAP is supported by all Australian and New Zealand motoring organisations, all Australian state governments, the New Zealand government, the Victorian Transport Accident Commission, NRMA Insurance and the FIA Foundation.

The flat “boxer” engines featured in every Subaru sold in Australia, are designed to go under, rather than into, the passenger cabin, in heavy frontal impacts. Every Subaru also has Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, for optimum grip in all conditions.

Every Subaru also has a ring shaped reinforced safety cell, which forms an integral part of the passenger cabin structure. This is basically an interlinked series of metal frames, reinforced at strategic points that minimise cabin distortion in heavy impacts.

Every Subaru sold in Australia features Vehicle Dynamics Control electronic stability programme, and a five-star rating for occupant safety from the independent Australasian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP). The result – driving confidence.


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