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Jeep has scored its second top ANCAP safety rating with the Jeep Patriot joining the Cherokee in achieving the maximum 5 stars in the latest batch of ANCAP safety tests.

The Great Wall Motors V200 Ute however scored a disappointing 3 star ANCAP safety rating. The Patriot scored well in each of the physical crash tests, offering a high level of protection for occupants. "This is a great result for Jeep. Their first 5 star model was the 2014 Cherokee rated earlier this year and now the Patriot has proven it too is a safe choice for consumers." said ANCAP Chairman, Mr Lauchlan McIntosh.

This 5 star ANCAP safety rating applies to 4x2 variants of the Jeep Patriot. 4x4 variants are unrated. In contrast, the Great Wall Motors V200 4x4 single cab (scored just 3 stars, joining the previously tested GWM V240 (2 star ANCAP safety rating) offering inferior protection to occupants. "Price is of course one of the key factors when it comes to deciding which car to buy, but that shouldn't mean we compromise on safety. Today's two ratings highlight the differences we're still seeing between passenger vehicles and light commercial vehicles (LCVs)." Great Wall Motors V200 4x4 "LCVs are still being afforded regulatory concessions when it comes to safety but there is no reason why LCVs should be built to lesser standards than passenger cars," said Mr McIntosh. In the first half of 2014, 90% of new passenger vehicles sold held a 5 star ANCAP safety rating. Only 55% of light commercial vehicles offered the same high level of safety.

Source: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/motoring/news/article.cfm?c_id=9&objectid=11329988

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