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Hyundai Genesis receives highest safety score in ANCAP history, and it is on it's way here!

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Genesis, Hyundai New Zealand’s new flagship luxury sedan, has achieved the highest score in the 21-year history of ANCAP testing – 36.88 points out of a possible 37 and a maximum 5 star ANCAP safety rating.

A 5 star safety rating is ANCAP’s ultimate measure of vehicle safety protection for occupants and pedestrians. The demanding assessment includes a 64km/h frontal offset test and a 50km/h side impact test, along with a 29km/h pole test, a whiplash test simulating a 32km/h rear-end crash, and a 40km/h pedestrian impact protection test. A minimum number of active safety assist technologies (SATs) is also required.

The Genesis’ tally of 36.88 points includes a frontal offset score of 15.88 out of 16 and a side impact protection score of 16 out of 16. Genesis also scored 2 out of 2 in the pole test and a whiplash protection test rating of ‘good’.

Structural integrity and strength has been a key priority of Hyundai Motor Company’s engineering teams since development of the new ‘DH’ model Genesis sedan began six years ago. The vehicle uses advanced high-strength steel throughout its body structure, and has been designed from the outset to pass the world’s most demanding crash tests.

The Genesis will be official launched in New Zealand at the start of 2015. It is a very exciting move into the luxury realm, and will offer New Zealander's another choice at the premium end of the market. 

The Hyundai Genesis comes feature rich, loaded with advanced technology and will include every available safety feature as standard including:

Autonomous emergency braking
Blind Spot Detection
Adaptive Cruise Control
Electronic Brake Distribution
Electronic Stability Control
Autonomous Emergency Braking
Daytime Running Lights
HID headlights with static bending and high beam assist
Emergency Stop Signal
Lane support system
Pre-safe systems
Reversing collision avoidance
360o Around View Monitor
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Active lift (pop-up) bonnet
Nine passenger airbags including driver’s knee airbag

“Genesis is Hyundai’s flagship model and as such offers a high level of physical crashworthiness and excellent safety features as standard,” said ANCAP Chairman Mr Lauchlan McIntosh.

“This is one of the first times we have seen the word ‘Standard’ listed against almost every safety feature on our checklist. Importantly, autonomous emergency braking is one of these standard features – one that has recently been left off many new models”

Check out some of the videos of the Genesis undergoing some "blind tests". There is a bunch of video's in this series, and if you are serious about safety take the few minutes to watch this.

ANCAP is supported by all Australian and New Zealand motoring clubs, the Australian Government, the New Zealand Government, Australian state and territory governments, the Victorian Transport Accident Commission, NRMA Insurance and the FIA Foundation.

“The Hyundai Genesis record test score illustrates Hyundai’s continued commitment to safety and innovation.” said Hyundai Motors New Zealand General Manager, Andy Sinclair.

“Hyundai New Zealand was the first manufacturer to include Electronic Stability Control (ESC) as standard in 2007. In July of this year we made reversing cameras standard across our entire range” said Andy Sinclair. 

To search crash test results and learn more about safety technologies, visit www.ancap.com.au

Crash test images and video can be downloaded from www.ancap.com.au/media

Meet the Bowater Hyundai Team

James Duncan. Very good at horsing around....

2015-isuzu-james500xOur Sales Team Leader James has been with Bowater Hyundai & Isuzu since early in 2014, having come through the industry since his first job as a vehicle groomer back in 2002. Over that time he has certainly seen technology change, and is able to point you in the right direction with matching you up with the vehicle that will best suit your needs. He has his finger on the pulse and knows how to take control of the reigns!

Born and bred in Nelson, James grew up in Wakefield and attended Waimea College. He has kept true to his country roots, having competitively ridden horses since he was 5. He now competes on a national level, often travelling to events such as the Horse of the Year with his horse and his executive horse float. Got a question about towing a horse float - James is your man! He has towed more horse floats in his time than most, and has got the full run down on towing statistics. 

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