proton preve ancap
UPDATE: Frontal offset crash video released – click here to view

In a first for the brand, the Proton Prevé has achieved a five-star Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) safety rating. The Prevé was crash tested in late December last year. It was launched in Australia last October, and at that point was unrated by ANCAP.

The Prevé 1.6 CVT evaluation mule scored well across all ANCAP crash tests, which led to the five star safety rating. The car is sold in Australia as standard with six airbags (dual frontal, side chest and side head-protecting curtain) as well as ESC and front wheel traction control.

The car obtained 34.25 points out of a possible 37 in the overall score, with 14.53 out of 16 points in a frontal offset score and 15.72 out of 16 points in a side impact score. It aced the pole test, and managed a ‘good’ rating in the whiplash protection test.

The only area in which its score was rated as ‘marginal’ was with regard to pedestrian protection, something ANCAP is encouraging Proton to work on improving, according to ANCAP chairman Lauchlan McIntosh.

Nonetheless, he said that the Prevé’s five-star rating is “a testament to the commitment of Proton senior management and its engineers to incorporate high levels of safety into its new vehicles.”

“Proton hasn’t let the previous poor results for its vehicles hold it back, rather it has used this as incentive to strive for the top safety rating for the Prevé. A lot of time and effort has been invested in improving the design and safety equipment of the Prevé, and it is reassuring to see Proton reach this mark.”

Australia was the first export market for the Prevé, and this has been followed by introductions in Thailand and Brunei.

View the full results and complete points breakdown in the gallery below.