MG GS becomes first Chinese car to nab ANCAP’S top honour

The MG GS has become the first Chinese vehicle to be awarded a five-star ANCAP safety rating.

The new rating applied to all MG GC models built from August 2017 and on sale from October 2017, and followed a specification upgrade and a solid performance in the pole test.

ANCAP Chief Executive Officer James Goodwin said the medium-sized SUV had undergone pleasing improvements.

“We initially assessed the model earlier this year and saw that while structurally it offered sound levels of occupant protection, its safety specification did not meet what is now expected as a minimum five-star car,” Mr Goodwin said.

“MG must be commended for upgrading this model and this achievement raises the bar for other similar brands entering the very competitive Australian new vehicle fleet.”

Mr Goodwin said the Kia Rio and Suzuki Swift were also awarded five-star ratings.

“There is heathy competition within the Light Car segment, and the five-star rating for all variants of the Rio adds to this,” he said.

Five-star ratings were awarded to the Swift GL Navigator, GL Navigator with Safety Pack and the GLX Turbo, but the base model Swift GL fell one star short.

“The Swift is an affordable car and we would encourage consumers to opt for one of the higher specified models to endure they’re getting the best safety package,” Mr Goodwin said.