Great Wall Steed ute scores two-star ANCAP safety rating

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Great Wall Motors’ “all-new” Steed dual-cab ute has been given a “disappointing” two-star safety rating in Australia.

ANCAP (Australasian New Car Assessment Program) chief executive James Goodwin says the two-star rating is a disappointing result for consumers and the brand.

ANCAP says despite claims from Great Wall that the Chinese dual cab is “all-new” and offers “outstanding levels of performance, value, safety and comfort”, the underpinnings of the Steed differ little to those of the previous-generation V240 dual-cab ute.

Mr Goodwin says while the Steed is “equipped with six airbags and electronic stability control, features which were not offered on the previous model, there has been little change to the vehicle’s structure to improve the safety of the passenger cabin”.

ANCAP urges anyone in the market for a new car to be wary of such claims, with independent testing key to understanding a vehicle’s true safety performance.

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The testing agency’s frontal offset crash test showed excessive footwell deformation, separation of footwell panels and pedal displacement.

Steering column components were a potential source of knee injury for the driver, and dash components were a potential injury source for both driver and passenger.

Protection of the driver and front passenger from whiplash injuries was also marginal.

The Steed is not fitted with top-tether child restraint anchorages, making it unsuitable for transporting young children.

This follows Ford Mustang also scoring a low two-stars in February, which ANCAP described as “simply shocking”.

Great Wall Motors Australia says it is disappointed by the Steed’s performance in ANCAP testing and will take immediate steps to rectify the situation, according to spokesman Andrew Ellis.

“We have sent all the data to our engineering team in head office and set up a response team to investigate what needs to be done to improve the ANCAP performance of our product.”

Mr Ellis says safety is a priority for the company’s product planning, which is why ESC and six airbags were made standard features across the range.

“We thought the additional safety features would help improve the Steed’s ANCAP rating. It’s clear to everyone in the organisation our ANCAP test standards need a dramatic improvement.”

Written by Georgie Haberfield
April 26, 2017