Head of ANCAP disappointed by Porsche and Tesla

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Words: Nile Bijoux
6 Sep 2018

​ANCAP tests around 95 per cent of new vehicles in Australia but some big names are among the five per cent missing.

James Goodwin, chief executive of ANCAP (Australasian New Car Assessment Program), recently slammed Porsche and Tesla for not offering vehicles and data to ANCAP for safety testing, calling the behaviour “disappointing.”

Goodwin was focused on Porsche and Tesla but mentioned a “handful” of other brands that don’t work with ANCAP for safety testing.

One email from an unnamed brand said that it was not in favour of promoting ANCAP ratings, and would not assist the company. In response, Goodwin threatened to find the money and “smash their cars” that way.

Tesla is shying away from ANCAP testing, an odd move, as the company is quite vocal about its safety capabilities overseas. Many owners have offered stories of how Tesla models helped prevent injuries in a crash.

The last ANCAP rating Tesla received was five stars back in 2014 for the Model S. No other model has been tested by ANCAP or Euro NCAP, the authority’s close relative in Europe.

Meanwhile, Porsche has had two models tested under the Euro NCAP scheme - the Cayenne SUV in 2017 (five stars) and Macan SUV in 2014 (five stars).

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