Established in 1992 as the second New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) in the world after the United States, over the past three decades ANCAP has demonstrated its strong commitment to enhance the safety of new vehicles sold across Australia and New Zealand.
What began as a two-year campaign to shine a light on the comparable levels of safety offered by Australia’s most popular selling models has defied expectations. Then, there was no independent measure. No mechanism to inform consumers as to how well, or not, their vehicle performed in a crash – nor any incentive for manufacturers to fast-track safety improvements in their models.
Today however, ANCAP safety ratings are a valuable consumer tool and one of the most sought-after aspects considered when making a new vehicle purchase. Consumers and fleet purchasers expect the highest levels of safety, and vehicle manufacturers work hard to not only satisfy the market but lead the development of new safety features and technologies.
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