16 Mar
Is your fleet safe?

Are New Zealand’s most popular cars safe?

There are as many reasons to buy a car as there are people in New Zealand. The look, the power, the efficiency, the durability – all important when you're picking up a new vehicle. However, there's one very important factor missing from that list: safety.

While it may not be as exciting as a new V8 or a gorgeous leather interior, the safety features of a vehicle are what keeps your drivers and other road users happy and healthy. You want to be confident in the fact that your fleet is both beating costs down with a fuel card and keeping safety features modern with the right vehicle buy. But can you trust public opinion? Just how safe are the most popular cars on our road?

Safety features could be the difference between a hospital stay and a sore neck.Safety features could be the difference between a hospital stay and a sore neck.

Selling like hotcakes

The Toyota Corolla has, for many years, been the most popular new car in New Zealand. Last year was a little different, as data from the Motoring Association shows the Ford Ranger surged ahead of the Corolla, toppling it from the podium it has held for the last seven years running. Toyota, however, remains the most popular manufacturer by far, representing almost a fifth of all car sales in the country.

Meanwhile, the Ford Ranger ute consists almost half of all Ford sales for 2015, with sales increasing to almost 7,000 for that one vehicle.

Who wins out?

Fleet managers should be put at ease knowing that their drivers are protected.

However, how does this new champion stack up in safety compared to the Toyota Corolla? They both occupy very different spaces in the market: The Corolla is primarily a consumer vehicle, while the Ranger is commercial. Do their safety features reflect these different utilities?

The Ford Ranger certainly impresses when it comes to keeping people safe. It receives a full ANCAP rating of 5 stars, having dual frontal, side chest and side head airbags in case of collision from any direction. Electronic brake distribution and stability control also give the driver an advantage in dangerous conditions, preventing incidents before they have the chance to take place.

Meanwhile, the Toyota Corolla steps up to the plate with the same ANCAP score, though with a few changes to the airbags – chest protection is out while knee airbags are in. Seatbelt reminders also fall short on the Corolla with only 2 out of 3 points. However, it makes up for it with the same electronic braking and stability features, with the addition of anti-lock brakes.

Both cars are exemplars of the industry, with many advanced safety features as standard. With such excellent ratings making up a big proportion of the new cars on our roads, fleet managers should be put at ease knowing their drivers are protected.

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