Subaru’s award-winning new Legacy saloon and Sports Tourer and Outback crossover models have been awarded the best-ever five-star crashworthiness ratings by the Australian New Car Assessment Programme.
ANCAP is backed by all of Australia’s motoring organisations and statutory transport bodies.
The Subaru flagships were subjected to some of the most demanding crash test procedures in the world including a frontal offset crash at 64 km/h (40 mph), a side impact test at 50 km/h (31 mph) and a pedestrian test.
The pedestrian test indicates likely injuries to a person hit by a vehicle travelling at 40 km/h (25 mph).
Legacy and Outback models equipped with side and curtain airbags achieved ANCAP’s highest recorded five-star points tally at 35.52 out of a 37 maximum.
Even models without side/curtain airbags achieved a five-star status – believed to be a world-first. Badged ‘Liberty’ in Australia, the Legacy and Outbacks also achieved a three-star pedestrian safety result.
The new Legacy – which holds the title of ‘Japanese Car of the Year’ – has won widespread praise for its active safety provided by symmetrical all-wheel drive.Published 20 April 2004