2009 Holden Cruze Gets Five-Star ANCAP Rating

Safety is surely one of the main features a new car buyer is looking at so, in order to boost sales as much as possible, automakers around the world struggle to enhance this particular aspect. And Holden pretty much did it, as it mentions in a statement following the five-star rating its 2009 Cruze gained in the Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) tests.

Specifically, the Cruze scored 35.04 points out of a possible 37 in the ANCAP testing, thanks to a wide array of safety features, starting with active and passive safety systems and ending with front and rear crush zones, collapsible pedal assembly and strong structure.

Furthermore, Holden offers an impressive number of features as standard, including Electronic Stability Control, traction control, ABS, Brake Assist, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, six airbags - driver, front passenger, front side and curtain airbags - and seat belt reminders, retractor and lap pretensioners.

"We know that today's motorists want many things from a small car and that includes no compromises on safety,"
GM Holden Chairman and Managing Director, Mark Reuss said.

"Incredibly high benchmarks were set as the Cruze was being developed and the results show. This is a world-class car with a safety rating to match. We welcome ANCAP's response to Cruze's strong safety features."

Chevrolet Cruze is due to arrive in the Australian small car market next month and will be powered by either a 1.8-liter four-cylinder ECOTEC petrol engine (CD and CDX trims) or a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged common rail diesel unit (on the CD model).

Chevrolet Cruze is the third model in Holden's product lineup that receives the maximum five-star rating in the ANCAP tests, after Commodore Omega sedan and Sportwagon models.
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