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BYD Atto 3 gets a five-star safety rating in Europe and NZ, but not in Australia


The hype BYD Atto 3 EV has been awarded a five-star crash rating by safety tester ANCAP – but only for the New Zealand market.

It has yet to chart in Australia and we are currently trying to determine why.

The score reflects the five-star score China’s budget EV also just achieved in the Euro NCAP test, which is in line with ANCAP and generally achieved.

However, the Australian models are not yet rated, ANCAP said it is currently “working with BYD to finalize the applicability of the rating to Australian-designated models”.

BYD’s ANCAP scores are 91% for adult protection and 84% for child protection, 69% for vulnerable pedestrian protection and 80% for safety assist features.

ANCAP Chief Executive Officer Carla Hoorweg said: “This five-star ANCAP safety rating for the BYD Atto 3 will be welcome news for New Zealand buyers looking for a safe and green option in their price range. its.

ANCAP says it achieved full marks for the protection provided to the rider in the side impact and far side impact tests. Whiplash protection for the front and rear occupants also scored well and achieved maximum child protection in the side impact and frontal compensation tests.

The Atto 3’s active safety has proven to be “high standard”, with the standard-compliant pedestrian and cyclist-detection automatic emergency braking system providing “a high level of activity”. good in the day and night test. scripts”.

We’ve reached out to ANCAP to find out more about why Australia’s Atto 3 wasn’t rated and when this will change.

BYD is distributed in NZ by Ateco, which imports LDV, Renault and Maserati in Australia. BYD’s distributor for Australia is another company, called EVDirect.

The Atto 3s in NZ and Australia both come with seven airbags, lane assist, cross-traffic alert and AEB. A child safety seat should not be installed in the center of the second row because it does not have a top tether, even though it is classified as a five-seater.

More to come as soon as possible…

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