Hyundai Van & People Movers Gain 4-star Safety Ratings

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17 July 2009, embargoed 11am



Australia’s fleet managers have been urged to ensure safety as a top priority in their

purchasing policies, following

the announcement today

of two more 4-star safety

rated commercial vehicles by

the Australasian New Car Assessment Program


ANCAP, Australia’s leading independent vehicle safety advocate, announced the 4-

star ratings for the Hyundai iMax people mover and iLoad van in Sydney today.  

The two Hyundai vehicles

were awarded the 4-star rating following a crash test

conducted at the South Korean Government testing facility, KATRI, under ANCAP

protocols and supervision.

ANCAP Program Manager, Michael Case, who oversaw the Korean tests,

welcomed the results

and acknowledged Hyundai’s efforts to produce safer

commercial vehicles.

“ANCAP is seeing mixed

safety performance

in its recent crash

tests of van-style

vehicles and the Hyundai results are good to see, given the importance of light

commercial vehicles in

transporting goods and people in and around Australia. 

These vans are the drivers of Australian small business

and occupants should be

afforded the same levels of safety as private cars,” Mr Case said.

“Hyundai has put considerable effort into improving the safety of its vehicles and the

ANCAP results reflect that effort.  Occupant safety should be an important

consideration for fleet managers

who no longer have any excuse to buy 3-star

vehicles or worse.  

“Of the seven box-style vans now rated by ANCAP, three earn a 4-star rating –


iLoad, the Mercedes Vito and the VW Transporter.  The best-selling Toyota Hi-Ace

has a 3-star ANCAP rating.  


“No commercial vehicles currently have a 5-star rating, which requires excellent

crash protection plus head-protecting side airbags and electronic stability control.”

Dual front airbags, anti-lock brakes (ABS) and electronic brake distribution (EBD)

are standard on both the iLoad and the iMax.  Electronic stability control is standard

on the iMax, while the iLoad has ESC standard in New Zealand but is optional on

the Australian market.

The vehicle held its shape well in the offset crash test except that the dash structure

started to break away from the a-pillar. Chest protection was weak for the driver and

leg protection was marginal for both driver and passenger.

The 64km/h frontal offset crash test was conducted in South Korea under ANCAP

supervision –

the results apply to front occupant protection for both the iLoad and

the iMax.  

"ANCAP noted the iLoad van has a centre front seat that has a two-point seat belt

and lacks the protection of an air bag, offering inferior protection compared to the

other front passenger seat"

ANCAP recorded a disappointing pedestrian protection rating

for the iLoad of 1 star

out of 4.

For a full list of ANCAP’s vehicle safety ratings, including more commercial vehicles,

by all Australian and New Zealand motoring clubs, all Australian state governments,

the New Zealand government, the Victorian Transport Accident Commission, NRMA

Insurance and the FIA Foundation. 


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Allan Yates


0421 150 229

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