“Our Van customers will continue to enjoy the same safety technologies as
passenger car drivers, and we have worked closely with ANCAP since the launch of the current Vito to ensure that we would achieve the more stringent and detailed assessment criteria to achieve a 5-Star rating. I want to praise the cooperative engagement by ANCAP which has been instrumental in us achieving this result.
Since launch, we have experienced a good take up rate of the Side Airbag option on Vito, and vehicles so equipped are rated as 5-Star. However we wanted to lift the bar even higher, and so we have worked with the factory to overcome production limitations, and negotiated hard to make side impact bags standard equipment from July. As such all Vito’s ordered from today (July 2016 production) will be rated as 5-Star
As a company, we are proud that this 5-star result makes for a much safer
workplace available to the many thousands of van drivers who spend long
working days in their vehicles all over New Zealand.
After all, these vans are people’s workplaces and making side airbag’s standard means our Vito’s safety will make a real-world difference to their work place safety every single day.’’