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Kia Carnival finally gets five stars
Star car: Kia made improvements to the safety of its Carnival people-mover and it has paid off with a five-star rating from ANCAP.
Safety improvements lift Kia's Carnival from a four- to five-star ANCAP rating
17 March 2016
KIA'S Carnival people-mover has been awarded a five-star crash safety rating
after achieving a disappointing four-star result when it launched early last
The Korean-built MPV was re-tested by the Australasian New Car Assessment
Program after Kia made some improvements to the model's safety levels which is
believed to include a second-row seatbelt reminder warning and changes to
braces on the foot-operated parking brake and knee-protecting padding on the
steering column for better feet and leg protection.
When the Carnival was first tested, it achieved a total score of 30.48 out of a
possible 37, but in the new test – which applies to all Carnival variants built
from December 2015 – the family hauler scored 34.62.
The score for the frontal offset crash rose from 10.48 to 14.29 points out of
16, thanks to the changes to the footwell. In the original test, ANCAP
identified “significant footwell deformation”.
At the time of the first test last year, Kia Motors Australia chief operating
officer Damien Meredith described the our-star result as “disappointing”, but
said the increase to five stars this year was a “very satisfying” outcome.
“At the time of the original test it is fair to say that we were disappointed,
but safety is a non-negotiable for Kia and the determination of all involved to
retain Kia Motors Australia’s record of an all five-star model line-up was
admirable,” he said.
ANCAP chief executive officer James Goodwin praised Kia for making the changes
necessary to achieve a five-star rating, but cautioned that there were still
some issues with the driver's footwell.
“A number of design changes to the Carnival have seen the score in the frontal
increase substantially and consumers should feel confident the updated vehicle
improvements to safety,” he said.
“There continued to be some issues with intrusion into the driver’s footwell
area and pedal
movement however, the risk was reduced compared to the previously tested model.”
The four-star result from last year has not hindered Carnival sales, with the
new-generation verson easily outpacing its rivals in the sub-$60,000
people-mover segment last year with 3638 units shifted, ahead of the Honda
Odyssey (2836) and Hyundai iMax (1939).
Mr Meredith told GoAuto in January this year that the four-star score had not
halted demand for the Carnival in Australia.
“It’s 35 per cent of the people-mover market. Which is the leader of the
people-mover market by a long way. Humbly, we haven’t had any problem with the
four star. I mean four star, five star are safe cars. That's one thing we need
to make pretty clear,” he said at the time.
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