SUPERSAFE SEDAN: Hyundai's luxury sedan Genesis has scored the highest points yet in the history of the Australian new car assessment programme in 21 years. Image: Hyundai
• ‘Overall’ score of 36.88 out of 37
• Record in 21-year Ancap history
• 9 airbags, pre-safe seat-belt system
• US 2014 Top Safety Pick+
AUSTRALIA - Genesis, Hyundai Motor’s flagship executive car, has achieved the highest score in the 21-year history of the Australasian new-car assessment testing – 36.88 points from a possible 37 and a maximum five-star Ancap safety rating.
Hyundai says the demanding assessment includes a 64km/h frontal offset test and a 50km/h side impact test, along with a 30km/h pole test, a whiplash test simulating a 32km/h rear-end crash, and a 40km/h pedestrian impact protection test. A minimum number of active safety assist technologies is also required.
The Genesis’ tally of 36.88 includes a frontal offset score of 15.88 out of 16 and a side-impact protection score of 16 out of 16. The car also scored two out of two in the pole test and a whiplash protection test rating of ‘good’.
Earlier in 2014, the all-new Genesis was the first and only rear-wheel drive vehicle in its class to receive the US Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s highest honour as a 2014 Top Safety Pick+, continuing its segment leadership. The Genesis was also the first rear-wheel drive luxury sedan to earn a 'good' rating in the institute’s small overlap crash test.
NCAP chairman Lauchlan McIntosh said: “Genesis is Hyundai’s flagship and as such offers a high level of physical crash-worthiness and excellent safety features as standard.
“This is one of the first times we have seen the word ‘standard’ listed against almost every safety feature on our checklist. Importantly, automatic emergency braking is one of these features – one that has recently been left off many new models hitting our shores.”
Structural integrity and strength has been a key priority of Hyundai Motor’s engineering teams since development of the new ‘DH’ model Genesis sedan began six years ago. The vehicle uses advanced high-strength steel throughout its body structure, and has been designed from the outset to pass the world’s most demanding crash tests, says the automaker.
The Genesis will be launched in Australia during November 2014 and will include the following safety features as standard across the range (it is not available in South Africa, have asked Hyundai SA if it will ever come).
• Adaptive cruise control
• Electronic brake distribution
• Electronic stability control
• Automatic emergency braking
• Daytime running lights
• Emergency stop signal
• Lane support system
• Pre-safe systems
• Reversing collision avoidance
• Tyre pressure monitoring system
• Active lift (pop-up) bonnet
• Nine airbags, including driver’s knee airbag
Hyundai Australia CEO Charlie Kim 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.
“Every car Hyundai Motor sells in Australia has achieved the maximum five-star Ancap safety rating, other than the iLoad van and iMax people-mover rated at four stars. Of course, we are very proud of that fact, and Genesis must uphold this high standard."
Visit the Ancap site to search crash test results and learn more about safety technologies.