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Mercedes-Benz Vito, V-Class and Valente again score ANCAP 5-Star Rating




Mercedes-Benz Vito, V-Class and Valente again score ANCAP 5-Star Rating – Melbourne – In 2009 The Mercedes-Benz Vito was given the first ever 5-star rating for a light commercial van by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP). The luxury passenger Viano and Valente variants were  at the same time granted the rating by ANCAP.

With the development of more stringent and detailed assessment criteria by ANCAP with date stamping of results it was time for the new Vito, V-Class and Valente to be rated by ANCAP.

Now in 2016 ANCAP has again recognised the new Vito with a 5 Star ANCAP rating for all Vito’s equipped with Side Impact Airbags. Currently these Side Impact bags are optional in Vito and any Vito so equipped is rated as a 5-Star vehicle.

Any Vito ordered from today ( July production) will share the 5-Star ANCAP rating of the current V-Class and Valente passenger vehicles which are rated as 5-Star by ANCAP.

Diane Tarr, Managing Director, Mercedes-Benz Vans said

“Our Van customers will continue to enjoy the same safety technologies as passenger car drivers, and we have worked closely with ANCAP since the launch of the current Vito to ensure that we would achieve the more stringent and detailed assessment criteria to achieve a 5-Star rating. I want to praise the co-operative engagement by ANCAP which has been instrumental in us achieving this result.

We have since launch experienced a good take up rate of the Side Airbag option on Vito, vehicles so equipped are rated as 5-Star. However we wanted to lift the bar even higher so we have worked with the factory to overcome production limitations and negotiated hard to make side impact bags standard equipment from July and as such all Vito’s ordered from today ( production July 2016 ) will be rated as 5-Star.

As a company we are proud that this 5-star result makes for a much safer workplace available to the many thousands of van drivers who spend long working days in their vehicles all over Australia.

After all, these vans are people’s workplaces and making side airbag’s standard means our Vito’s safety will make a real-world difference to their work place safety every single day.’’

Horst von Sanden, Managing Director, Mercedes-Benz Cars said

“I want to congratulate Diane and her Vans team and the entire ANCAP team in working so co-operatively and effectively to deliver this result for our Vito customers. Vehicle safety is not a one dimensional issue and this result demonstrates what can be achieved when all stakeholders work together to improve vehicle safety. I am very proud that the Vito joins the V-Class and Valente in being rated as 5-Star by ANCAP. “

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Carnival scores 5-star ANCAP safety rating



Carnival scores 5-star ANCAP safety rating – Kia’s award-winning Carnival people-mover has won an ANCAP safety upgrade from four stars to five following a re-testing of the car earlier this year.

Launched just on 12 months ago, the Carnival was rated four-stars in the initial crash test, a result that Kia Motors Australia Chief Operating Officer Damien Meredith described at the time as “disappointing”.

Mr Meredith committed Kia to lifting the score to the maximum five stars and said the success of that program is a “very satisfying” outcome.

“At the time of the original test it is fair to say that we were disappointed, but safety is a non-negotiable for Kia and the determination of all involved to retain Kia Motors Australia’s record of an all five-star model line-up was admirable,” Mr Meredith said.

ANCAP Chief Executive Officer James Goodwin said: “After a disappointing four-star result for the Carnival in March last year, Kia has worked to implement a number of safety improvements which saw the vehicle reach the five-star mark.

“A number of design changes to the Carnival saw the score in the frontal offset test increase substantially.”

The Frontal Offset crash test result increased from 10.48 to 14.29 out of 16 points.

The Kia Carnival is the first vehicle to meet ANCAP requirements to be awarded a 2016
date stamped ANCAP safety rating. The five-star rating applies to all variants of the Carnival manufactured on or after December 23, 2015.

The Carnival scored a total of 34.62 in the latest test, with substantial improvements in the frontal off-set test to go along with the perfect 16 out of 16 for the side impact rating and two out of two for the pole test.

Since its launch, the all-new Carnival has regained its dominance as Australia’s number one selling people-mover with a 34.4 per cent share of the under $60,000 market.

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Narva Road Safety Campaign



Narva Road Safety Campaign

Australia’s leading automotive lighting company Narva is playing a vital part in a road safety campaign, specifically the 2016 Road Trauma Support Services Victorian campaign ‘Shine a Light on Road Safety’.

The road safety campaign launching on Friday 6 May is promoted by Road Trauma Support Services Victoria (RTSSV) a not-for-profit organisation contributing to the safety and wellbeing of road users. Working closely with Government agencies, emergency services, the TAC and Victoria Police, RTSSV provides counselling and support services to people impacted by road trauma and addresses attitudes and behaviours of road users through education.

With services based on contemporary practices and embedded in evaluation and research, RTSSV is a key stakeholder and service provider within the road safety industry with a vision to reduce the incidence and impact of road trauma.

“The value of the work undertaken by RTSSV with people affected by road trauma is making a real difference to victims and at the same time their education programs are changing attitudes of drivers,” said Narva Marketing Manager George Davies. “As a major supplier of world leading automotive lighting Narva will play a vital part in the ‘Shine a Light on Road Safety’ campaign being launched in May,” he said.

As major landmarks and city buildings light up over the period of the campaign 6 – 15 May, the ‘Shine a Light for Road Safety’ campaign will kick off with motorists being urged to turn on their headlights. As the dark nights of winter approaches, 6 May  is a timely reminder for motorists to check their headlamps, tail lamps, side lamps etc. all in the interests of road safety.

Special Narva ‘Shine the Light on Road Safety’ tags and point of sale material will be evident in automotive showrooms to emphasise the importance of good lighting as a vital part in improving road safety.

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Every Automatic Outback gets EyeSight®



Subaru Outback 2016

Every 2016 Subaru Outback automatic transmission Subaru Outback now has the award-winning EyeSight® driver assist system, with the addition of the innovative technology to Model Year 2016 diesel variants of the popular All-Wheel Drive wagon.

And in further proof of Subaru’s safety commitment, Vision Assist features are also added to Outback 2.5i Premium, 2.0D Premium and 3.6R variants, comprising:

  • Blind Spot Monitoring
  • Lane Change Assist
  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • High Beam Assist
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
    • Detects passing vehicles when reversing from parking spaces
2016 Subaru Outback

2016 Subaru Outback

Another safety development is the addition of an Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), which detects an emergency brake situation and flashes the hazard lights automatically, to warn following vehicles.

The front fog lights on every Outback variant now have integrated halogen Daytime Running Lights (DRLs) too.

Entry-level Outback 2.5i and 2.0D add electric folding door mirrors, while 2.5i Premium and 3.6R get a fresh grille finish.

Outback 2.0D also gets automatic headlights and front windscreen wipers.

The 2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium, 2.0D Premium and 3.6R with factory fitted satellite navigation are also subject to the new Subaru Map Update Program. This includes the Latest Map Guarantee, ensuring the latest map version is installed before vehicle delivery. Also included is the Three Year Map Update Guarantee – a complimentary yearly map update during the program period, subject to the vehicle having its scheduled services performed through an authorised Subaru Service Centre.

A new colour in the range is Dark Blue Pearl.

2016 Subaru Outback

2016 Subaru Outback

New generation Outback has proved a runaway success over the past 12 months, with best-ever sales of 10,927, since the original cross-over wagon launched in 1995.

Sales in 2015 were up 344.7 per cent year-on-year and Subaru Australia Managing Director, Nick Senior, said: “Outback’s appeal has never been greater.

“But with the strategic addition of EyeSight to our diesel variants, plus Vision Assist features in premium versions across the range, we can only see more growth opportunities for Outback.

“The combination of amazing long-range cruising and EyeSight in Outback diesel makes it an irresistibly safe package in rural and regional areas.

“The Vision Assist features also add to driver confidence in every premium variant and make Outback’s value an even more compelling proposition.”

2016 Subaru Outback

2016 Subaru Outback

As with the entire Subaru new vehicle range, every Outback has a high five-star rating for occupant safety from the independent Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).




The EyeSight driver-assist system includes multiple functions to help drivers potentially avoid collisions, or reduce damage.

The stereo camera achieves better active safety and less driver load.


  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Pre-Collision Braking
  • Pre-Collision Braking Assist
  • Pre-Collision Steering Assist
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Front Vehicle Start Alert

Highlights of the current third-generation EyeSight in Outback include:

  • Colour recognition – can see and interpret brake lights 
  • Pre-Collision Steering Assist – augmented collision prevention, using Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC). If the possibility of collision with a vehicle or obstacle in front occurs, VDC activates to assist the driver in potentially avoiding it.

External sensor and 3D image processing performance mean the system can easily recognise lateral and distant vehicles, stabilizing control in all speed zones and improving pedestrian pre-collision detection.

Enhancements to the EyeSight system featured in every current model Outback and Liberty include:


Performance is improved by expanded recognition range to the left and right, as well as distant wide range. Adaptive performance is enhanced when another vehicle cuts-in during traffic jams and on highways.

Engine, transmission, and braking are controlled based on information absorbed about the speed and distance of the vehicle ahead. Speed and inter-vehicle distance set by the driver are automatically maintained. Tracking is possible in a wide speed range between around 0-100 km/h. By maintaining adequate speed for automatic braking, stress-free tracking is achieved, even on urban roads when speed reduction of the vehicle ahead may be significant.

Operation may not be as expected depending on road, weather and vehicle conditions.

The supported speed range is 0-145 km/h.


Brake response is increased by recognition of a moving vehicle further away, providing a greater sense of safety. EyeSight has the ability to recognize red brake lights, enabling smooth deceleration and acceleration.

When ACC is set, red brake lights are recognized at intersections too. A lane change or other manoeuvre by a vehicle ahead that enters EyeSight’s field of view, triggers an alert, while simultaneously inhibiting acceleration to the set speed.


Expansion of vehicle recognition range to the left and right, as well as distant wide range, helps improve pre-collision brake performance when EyeSight “locks-on” to objects, ranging from cars and bikes to pedestrians.

When the system recognizes the possibility of collision with a vehicle or an obstacle ahead, it issues an inter-vehicle distance warning to the driver, to perform avoidance operations. If avoidance input is not detected, automatic braking is activated to lower the speed, helping avoid collision or reduce damage.


This reinforces braking force if EyeSight judges it is inadequate when the possibility of collision with a vehicle or obstacle ahead is recognized. For example, if abrupt braking is detected, automatic braking assist activates. This helps avoid collision or reduce damage.


If an obstacle is detected in front of the vehicle, this restricts sudden movement by unintended depression of the accelerator, providing a warning display and sound.


If there is a possibility of lane departure while driving, a warning display and sound alert the driver.


If the system detects vehicle sway – often due to driver fatigue, inattentive driving, or cross wind – a warning display and sound occur. This feature works above approximately 38 km/h.


If the EyeSight-equipped vehicle does not move when the vehicle in front sets off, a warning display and sound occur.


When conventional cruise control is selected, the vehicle travels at a constant speed and tracking is not performed by EyeSight’s stereo cameras.


EyeSight features four levels of inter-vehicle distance setting. The display of the driver’s own car appears when ACC is turned on. The system features a large 5-inch LCD display.


Outback 2.5i CVT                               $35,990
Outback 2.5i Premium CVT               $41,990 (+$500)
Outback 2.0D manual                        $36,490 (+$1000)
Outback 2.0D CVT                             $38,490 (+$1000)
Outback 2.0D Premium manual        $42,990 (+$1500)
Outback 2.0D Premium CVT             $44,990 (+$1500)
Outback 3.6R                                     $48,490 (+$500)

*Prices are Subaru (Aust) Pty Limited’s Manufacturer’s List Prices only and include GST on the list price but exclude dealer delivery charges and all other government and statutory charges. For the drive away price of Subaru vehicles consumers should be advised to contact their local authorized Subaru dealer.




  • ABS anti-lock brakes with four-wheel discs and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
  • Brake Assist
  • Child seat anchor points – ISOFIX
  • Curtain airbags – full length
  • Driver’s knee airbag
  • Dual front airbags
  • Dual front side airbags
  • EyeSight driver assist system
  • Fog lights – front
  • Front seatbelts with pretensioners and load limiters.
  • Hill holder
  • Rear door child lock
  • Reversing camera
  • Seatbelt indicator lights – all seats
  • Side intrusion bars
  • Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive
  • Three-point A/ELR rear centre seatbelt
  • Vehicle Dynamics Control electronic stability program
  • X-Mode


  • Bluetooth/MP3/WMA/AUX/CD/voice command compatible six-speaker audio touchscreen system
  • Climate control air conditioning – dual zone, with rear vents
  • Cargo area light
  • Cargo security blind
  • Cup holders
  • Electric parking brake
  • Height and reach adjustable steering column
  • Height adjustable driver’s seat
  • Immobiliser security system
  • Leather trim gear shift
  • Map lights (2)
  • Leather steering wheel with audio, Multi-Function Display and cruise control buttons
  • Multi-information display
  • Paddle shift gear change
  • Power steering, mirrors and windows
  • Rain sensing auto windscreen wipers
  • Rear air vents
  • Rear seats auto fold function
  • Rear seats recline function
  • Remote central locking
  • Remote fuel lid release
  • Seatback storage pockets
  • Silver interior trim highlights
  • Two remote central locking keys
  • Vanity mirrors
  • 60/40 split/fold rear seat


  • 18-inch alloy wheels – full-sized alloy spare
  • 213 mm ground clearance
  • Chrome-surround grille
  • Colour-coded mirrors and door handles
  • Headlights auto off – dusk sensing
  • Light sensing headlights – auto on/off
  • Privacy glass (rear)
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Rear roof spoiler
  • Rear wiper
  • Roof rails with integrated crossbars
  • Silver under guards


  • Active grille shutter
  • Auto Stop-Start
  • Auto tailgate unlock
  • Cruise control – adaptive option with EyeSight
  • DataDot security technology
  • Electronic throttle control
  • EURO 6 compliant
  • Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission
  • SI-Drive (two-mode)
  • Three-year unlimited kilometre warranty
  • 2.5 litre DOHC horizontally opposed boxer engine – 129 Kilowatts of power at 5800 rpm and 235 Newtonmetres of torque at 4000 rpm.


  • Electric adjustable driver and front passenger seat – driver’s lumbar support
  • Electric sunroof
  • Enhanced infotainment system
  • Folding mirrors – powered and heated
  • Front wiper de-icer
  • Heated front seats
  • Keyless entry
  • Leather trim
  • LED low beam headlights with washers
  • Piano black trim highlights
  • Powered cargo door with memory function
  • Push button start
  • Satellite navigation – factory-fitted, with Pandora
  • SI-Drive
  • Smart key
  • Vision Assist features:
    • Blind Spot Monitoring
    • Lane Change Assist
    • Auto dimming rear view mirror
    • High Beam Assist
    • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Wheel arch cladding – front and rear guards

2016 Subaru OUTBACK 2.0D ADDS (TO 2.5I SPEC* – manual diesel variants do not include EyeSight):

  • 2.0 litre turbocharged diesel horizontally opposed Boxer engine – 110 Kilowatts of power at 3600 rpm and 350 Newtonmetres of torque from 1600-2800 rpm
  • Engine cover

*Does not include: Auto Stop-Start, SI-Drive, X-Mode on 2.0D manual, blue gauge illumination; substitutes 17-inch alloy wheels and different cloth trim pattern.


  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding mirrors – powered and heated
  • Front wiper de-icer
  • Heated front seats
  • Keyless entry
  • Leather trim
  • LED low beam headlights with washers
  • Light sensing headlights – auto on/off
  • Piano black trim highlights
  • Powered cargo door
  • Power driver’s and front passenger seat – driver lumbar support
  • Push button start
  • Satellite navigation – factory-fitted, with Pandora
  • Smart key
  • Wheel arch cladding – front and rear guards
  • X-Mode (CVT-only)

2016 Subaru OUTBACK 3.6R ADDS (TO 2.5i PREMIUM SPEC*):

  • Chrome side sill garnish
  • Engine cover
  • harman/kardon 12-speaker sound system – with sub-woofer
  • Silver roof rails
  • Six-cylinder 3.6-litre engine produces 191 kW of power at 6000 rpm and 350 Nm at 4400 rpm
  • Three-mode SI-Drive

*Does not include Auto Stop Start



Outback 2.5i naturally aspirated:
Bore x stroke
Compression ratio
Cam-train system
Fuel system
Maximum power
Maximum torque

Outback 3.6R naturally aspirated:
Bore x stroke
Compression ratio
Cam-train system
Fuel system
Maximum power
Maximum torque

Outback 2.0D turbocharged:
Bore x stroke
Compression ratio
Cam-train system
Fuel system
Maximum power
Maximum torque


Horizontally opposed
2498 cc
94.0 mm x 90.0 mm
Multi Point Sequential Injection
129 kW/5800 rpm
235 Nm/4000 rpm


Horizontally opposed
3630 cc
92.0 mm x 91.0 mm
Multi Point Sequential Injection
191 kW/6000 rpm
350 Nm/4400 rpm


Horizontally opposed
1998 cc
86.0 mm x 86.0 mm
Common rail direct injection
110 kW/3600 rpm
350 Nm/1600-2800 rpm



D range 3.505-0.544
First 3.545
Second 1.888
Third 1.062
Fourth 0.785
Fifth 0.634
Sixth 0.537
Reverse 3.636
Final reduction 4.444


Overall length mm 4815
Overall width mm 1840
Overall height mm 1675
Wheelbase mm 2745
Tread – front mm 1570
Tread – rear mm 1580
Min. ground clearance mm 213
Tare weight kg


2.5i – 1557
2.5i Premium – 1588
2.0D – 1590
2.0D Premium – 1602
3.6R – 1702
Fuel consumption and emissions(L/100km / CO2 g/km):

2.5i auto – 7.3/167
2.0D man – 5.7/148
2.0D auto – 6.3/165
3.6R auto – 9.9/230

Fuel tank capacity (litres) 60 litres
Recommended fuel requirement 2.5i – 90-98 RON
2.0D – diesel
3.6R – 90-98 RON
Steering Engine speed sensitive power assisted rack and pinion
Turning circle 11.0 metres, kerb to kerb diameter



Coil MacPherson strut-type
Double wishbone type independent




Vacuum assisted ventilated discs
Vacuum assisted ventialed discs

Tyres/rims 225/65R17 102H G98C Yokohama Rubber – Outback 2.0D
225/60R18 100V DUELER H/P SPORT Bridgestone – all other variants
Towing capacity kg:
With/without brakes
2.5i: 1500/750
2.0D:  1700/750
3.6R: 1800/750
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