Hyundai Genesis Earns ANCAP’s Highest Safety Score Ever
Not too long after the Hyundai Genesis drove home with the title of IIHS 2014 Top Safety Pick+ (the only rear-wheel-drive vehicle in its class to do so), the recently redesigned luxury sedan is making room for another trophy, and this one is for the record books.
Across the globe, the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has been divvying out safety ratings for the Australian/Asian region for 21 years. This October, the Genesis again proved its worth by earning the highest safety score ever from the ANCAP.
The Genesis Takes the Cake with the ANCAP’s Highest Safety Score Ever
While most vehicles suffer from stumbles and kinks their first year after undergoing a significant redesign, the latest Hyundai Genesis is winning awards. With a record 36.88 points out of a possible 37, the flagship sedan makes ANCAP history with its highest safety score ever. That was more than enough to earn it a five-star rating.
If you’re skeptical, wondering if Australians give vehicles the same beating we do when testing in the US, know that the Genesis survived a 64 km/h (40 mph) frontal offset test, a 50 km/h (31 mph) side impact test, a 29 km/h (18mph) pole test, a whiplash test simulating a 32 km/h (20 mph) rear-end crash, and a 40 km/h (25 mph) pedestrian impact protection test.
You’ll also find a dozen safety features in the Genesis that contribute to its title for highest safety score ever, such as automatic emergency braking, lane support, reversing collision avoidance, and nine air bags.
The award might not sound very important for those of us who don’t live in Australia, but consider what the rating means for the Genesis itself, and its stateside release. Like Charlie Kim, Hyundai Motor Company Australia Chief Executive Officer, said, “This record ANCAP test score for Genesis speaks volumes about our flagship car’s structural integrity, its safety features and the technologies provided as standard.”
If the chairman of the ANCAP can say that the Genesis “offers a high level of physical crashworthiness and excellent safety features,” who are we to argue?