All-New Mazda MX-5 has been awarded a maximum five star safety rating by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).
The safest Mazda MX-5 ever built, the highlight of the ANCAP testing was the pedestrian result. Earning 33.72 points out of 36 – the highest pedestrian test score ever awarded by ANCAP – the MX-5 protects pedestrians in an accident better than any other vehicle ever tested in Australia.
Despite the short front overhang of the All-New Mazda MX-5, the two-seater Roadster includes an Active Bonnet* which pops up the instant an impact is detected, while the horizontally positioned bonnet frame effectively absorbs impact energy.
In addition, energy-absorbing foam is used in the front bumper beam, while a lower stiffener has been added to the bumper to prevent a pedestrian’s legs from sliding under the front of the car.
Overall, the fourth generation Mazda MX-5 received a total score of 35.20 out of 37 to earn a five star rating, with ANCAP giving a perfect 16 out of 16 and 2 out of 2 for the respective occupant protection side impact and pole tests, and a strong 14.2 out of 16 for the frontal offset test.
“The ever-popular sports car impressed in local testing achieving a good result for this type of vehicle,” said ANCAP chief executive officer James Goodwin.
“Not only has the MX-5 performed well in each of the impact tests, this is the highest pedestrian protection score we have seen for any vehicle to date.”
New from the ground up, the MX-5 features front (driver and passenger) and side SRS Airbags, with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), Hill Launch Assist (HLA) and Traction Control System (TCS) standard on both grades.
“Considerable effort went into making the All-New Mazda MX-5 the safest two-seater sportscar of its type; ANCAP awarding it five stars validates this approach,” said Mazda Australia marketing director Alastair Doak.
“Mazda MX-5 – from generation to generation – has been held in the highest regard thanks to its ground-breaking design, its even 50:50 weight distribution and fun-to-drive driving dynamics.
“When this is considered, and thanks to Mazda’s proactive safety philosophy and the focus on occupant and pedestrian protection, the MX-5 is a truly impressive vehicle.”
Recently accepting the 2016 World Car of the Year and the World Design Car of the Year awards, the All-New Mazda MX-5 is available in two grades, with a choice of two transmission and two engine types, and starts from a sharp $31,990 plus on roads.
*The Active Bonnet system includes six “Active Bonnet Sensors” which are positioned across the front bumper bar. Where any of the sensors detect an impact above the predetermined threshold the “Active Bonnet Actuators” will deploy raising the rear of the bonnet increasing the clearance between bonnet and the engine.