Mitsubishi’s Specific (Delica) van has grow to be the primary automobile to ever rating zero stars within the … [+] unbiased Australian NCAP security assessments. Picture: ANCAP
Mitsubishi’s Specific (Delica) van has grow to be the primary automobile in Australian New Automobile Evaluation Program (ANCAP) historical past to attain a zero-star security score after performing badly in a number of crash assessments and falling brief on security expertise.
The unbiased testing physique mentioned in an announcement that the Mitsubishi Specific van, which was a preferred alternative earlier than it was discontinued in 2013, was unable to qualify for a single star as a consequence of excessive danger and the absence of security methods.
The Mitsubishi Specific returned to Australia final yr, however ANCAP discovered it had a “notable danger of great harm” to the chest of the driving force in three of its 4 crash assessments.
Injury from crash assessments and notably poor driver-assist methods noticed the Mitsubishi Specific rating … [+] zero the place the category chief (the Toyota Hiace) scored 5 stars. Picture: ANCAP
It additionally scored simply seven p.c on Security Help methods and failed to guard its occupants as a consequence of a “basic lack of security methods”.
Its scores had been the worst in ANCAP’s 28-year historical past, simply 55 p.c for grownup occupant safety and solely 40 p.c for “weak street person” safety.
The market main Toyota Hiace, by comparability, has a five-star ANCAP score after scoring 94 p.c for occupant safety and 84 p.c for weak street person safety.
“Mitsubishi just lately launched the Specific into our market, however its specs don’t align with at the moment’s security expectations,” ANCAP chief govt Carla Hoorweg mentioned.
“Sadly we noticed beneath par efficiency for defense of occupants and weak street customers from the Specific, with outcomes lowered even additional as a consequence of a basic lack of lively security methods.
“Security score standards and shopper expectations have advanced, as have producers’ want and talent to introduce improved ranges of security.
“We all know Mitsubishi can ship autos with excessive ranges of general security and a variety of recent security applied sciences and we encourage them to speed up the introduction of those options into their van product,” she insisted.
The Mitsubishi Specific (Delica) earlier than its crash assessments. ANCAP crashed 4 of the vans to … [+] destruction. Picture: ANCAP
The Mitsubishi Specific shouldn’t be fitted with autonomous emergency braking (AEB) or lane-assist methods, which accounted for the astonishingly low safety-assist score.
“A penalty was additionally utilized for potential arduous knee contact factors for the driving force in frontal crashes, and near the utmost penalty utilized for “aggressivity” in frontal collisions with different autos,” ANCAP mentioned in an announcement.
“Additional penalties had been utilized for vital deformation of the aspect cargo door in each the aspect impression and pole assessments creating openings by means of which partial ejection could also be attainable.
“A excessive danger of neck harm was recorded for the driving force within the whiplash take a look at, with passenger whiplash harm danger prone to be larger because of the fundamental design of the bench seat and head restraints fitted for the 2 front-row passenger seating positions.
“There is no such thing as a chest-protecting aspect airbag fitted on the passenger aspect, neither is a middle airbag fitted for defense in aspect crashes. A frontal airbag for the middle passenger seating place can be not supplied.”
Mitsubishi’s fleet gross sales are anticipated to endure due to the protection score, with most Australian industrial fleets demanding five-star scores to be eligible for buy.
For its half, Mitsubishi insisted the Specific scored a three-star European NCAP score when it was launched there in 2015, however that driver-assistance methods had improved enormously since then.
“The Specific meets all Australian Design Guidelines requirements for vans, and the outcomes of the crash testing by ANCAP signifies a great degree of grownup occupant safety general,” Mitsubishi mentioned in an announcement.