The 2016 Mitsubishi Triton during crash testing.
The 2016 Mitsubishi Triton during crash testing.

Mitsubishi truck gets five stars but BMW and Mini get four

THE latest safety rating results have revealed full marks for a range of vehicles, including the new Mitsubishi Triton, but the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer and Mini Cooper only received four.

The Mini Cooper (31.78 out of 37) and BMW 2 Series Active Tourer three-cylunder petrol variants (32.34 out of 37) both fell short of reaching the top rating, failing to reach minimum thresholds in the side impact and frontal offset tests respectively.

In the frontal offset test "driver leg protection was marginal" in the BMW Active Tourer. The model did receive a five-star rating in Europe. 

During the Mini Cooper three-door's side impact test, it was reported "forces were transmitted to parts of the dummy which are not representative of a human body, reducing the load on the ribs. Accordingly the maximum penalty of two points was applied. This resulted in a chest rating of 'marginal'. Loads on the abdomen also indicated marginal protection".

ANCAP awarded five stars to the BMW i3, Land Rover Discovery Sport, Renault Captur and Tesla Model S. 

Officially launching its new Triton in two weeks, Mitsubishi is celebrating the announcement with the rating applying to all vehicles in the range. 

"In terms of safety, LCVs (light commercial vehicles) continue to lag passenger vehicles with 57% of LCVs sold holding the maximum five star ANCAP safety rating. In comparison, 90% of new passenger vehicles sold are five star rated," said ANCAP chief executive officer Nicholas Clarke.

"This five star rating for the high-selling Triton is a great achievement as this will translate to increased safety on worksites and on our roads."

Mitsubishi's 2016 Triton has a range of active and passive safety features, which includes dual front SRS, side and curtain airbags and a driver's knee airbag as standard.

Advanced seat belt reminders are fitted to all seats across its single, club and double cab model range, along with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Emergency Brake Assist.

A reverse camera will be available as a standard feature on some variants and a accessory.

Mitsubishi Motors Australia CEO Mutsuhiro Oshikiri said the new Triton was designed to meet the highest safety standards.

"Triton has built a long-standing reputation as an honest, reliable and durable light commercial vehicle in Australia, and the fifth-generation Triton takes this to a new level," he said.

"The new Triton has been developed with passenger car-like attributes of comfort, quietness and advanced safety, while retaining Triton's traditional durability and toughness.

"We're pleased to confirm that all models in the 2016 Triton range have been recognised with a maximum five-star ANCAP safety rating well ahead of their arrival in Mitsubishi showrooms."

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