The result will rule out the van for fleet and commercial buyers who demand vehicles with five-star safety ratings, ANCAP says.
ANCAP tests about 95 per cent of all new cars sold in Australia, awarding each a safety rating from zero to five, based on rigorous assessments across four key areas – adult-occupant protection, child-occupant protection, vulnerable road-user protection and safety assist. A change in testing protocols in 2020 means vehicles tested in the past 12 months have been assessed to a stricter standard.
Mitsubishi withdrew the Express van from the Australian market in 2013 but released a new model in 2020 after joining Renault and Nissan in an alliance to rebadge cars. The Express is a reworking of the 2015 Renault Trafic van, and it was tested to ANCAP’s strict 2020 standards.
ANCAP’s chief executive, Carla Hoorweg, says the specifications of the recently released Express do not align with today’s safety expectations.
“Unfortunately, we saw below-par performance for protection of occupants and vulnerable road users from the Express, with results lowered even further due to a fundamental lack of active safety systems.”
She says the vehicle’s poor result sends a clear message to vehicle manufacturers and their global parent companies that safety must be a priority.
“Safety rating criteria and consumer expectations have evolved, as have manufacturers’ desire and ability to introduce improved levels of safety,” she says.
“We know Mitsubishi can deliver vehicles with high levels of overall safety and a wide range of modern safety technologies and we encourage them to accelerate the introduction of these features into their van product.”