The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has released safety ratings for several commercial van and people-mover models.
Dual ratings have been issued for the Mercedes-Benz Vito. Vito variants without head-protecting side (curtain) airbags were awarded a 4 star ANCAP safety rating, while Vito variants sold with optional curtain airbags earned the maximum 5 star rating.
“These ratings provide both commercial and private buyers with greater choice in the van and people-mover categories,” said ANCAP Chief Executive Officer, James Goodwin.
“For commercial buyers – many of whom are now required by their employers to have a vehicle with a 5 star ANCAP safety rating – these ratings open the door to a number of new vehicle choices.”
Mercedes will implement a running change to production of the Vito, incorporating head-protecting side airbags as standard for all vehicles built from July 2016. Standard fitment will see all Vito variants built from this date secure a 5 star ANCAP safety rating.
“Mercedes-Benz has taken the responsible action to work with ANCAP to improve safety and address the 4 star result. This is an encouraging outcome for safety and should be commended for working quickly to implement these important safety improvements,” he said.
“Consumers should therefore be mindful that Vito variants without head-protecting side airbags are 4 star rated.”
The ratings see Ford enter the 5 star van rankings for the first time.