The backstory: Subaru took out a full page ad in a magazine here claiming to be the only carmaker in Australia with a range full of cars rated at 5 stars by ANCAP. Turbin and I took issue.
Subaru finally got back to me today, and as most of you guessed, they claimed they were OK as their cars had actually been tested by ANCAP whereas Saab’s 5-star ratings are via their tests by EuroNCAP
Dear Mr Wade,
Thank you for your email to Feedback at Subaru Australia regarding the recent advertisement placed in the RACV.
We confirm that we are aware that SAAB has a 5 star rating across its range however the SAAB range was tested by EuroNCAP, whilst the Subaru vehicles were tested by “ANCAP”. In this respect you will note in the copy of the advertisement we specifically make mention that that the rating received by Subaru across its entire range is the “ANCAP five star occupant protection rating”. We confirm that each Australian
specification Subaru model range has been locally tested by ANCAP.
You will also be aware that on the ANCAP web site the following disclaimer is provided for EuroNCAP tested vehicles (such as the SAAB
“The left-hand-drive European model was tested by EuroNCAP. Australasian specifications may vary and therefore models sold in Australasia might provide different levels of protection to those described on this page.”
The representations made by Subaru in the subject advertisement were based on the foregoing facts.
Notwithstanding this, we appreciate your concern regarding the subject advertisement and we assure you that we will take your concerns into
consideration in all future marketing relating to the safety ratings associated with our vehicles.
We sincerely apologise if there was any misunderstanding regarding the representations made.
Customer Relations Representative
So there you have it.
I don’t agree. If I check Saab at ANCAP I see 5-stars for every model. Whether attributable by ANCAP’s own tests or derived from EuroNCAP doesn’t change the fact that ANCAP have decided to award the Saabs 5 stars.
ANCAP would probably support Subaru’s side in order to sway other companies to test with them. Saab, well the reply consisted of tumbleweeds rolling by and crickets chirping.