FIVE-STAR RATING: Vehicle scores 34.25 out of 37 possible points from three crash tests in Australia
PROTON Preve's five-star Australasian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP) safety rating means it joins many globally renowned models as a car that is recommended by ANCAP to be purchased by consumers given its high safety standard.
The Preve was accorded the star rating after it completed three crash tests (frontal offset, side impact and pole) conducted by independent specialist laboratories in Australia to determine its safety level.
To qualify for ANCAP star ratings, new vehicles are assessed and awarded points collected from a combination of test categories and scientific criteria.
The tests showed that the Preve achieved the highest international standards in all of its test categories.
The star rating is a first for the Proton brand.
The Preve was crash-tested in late December last year. It was launched in Australia last October and at that point was unrated by ANCAP.
The Preve 1.6 CVT evaluation mule scored well in 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) and 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 Preve's score was rated as "marginal" was the pedestrian protection, something ANCAP is encouraging Proton to improve on.
Nonetheless, ANCAP chairman Lauchlan McIntosh said the Preve'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 Preve.
"A lot of time and effort has been invested in improving the design and safety equipment of the Preve, and it is reassuring to see Proton reach this mark."
Australia was the first export market for the Preve, followed by Thailand and Brunei.
Proton officials said all Preve units for domestic and export markets utilise a technology defined as hot press forming.
The technology provides better protection and higher body as well as structural rigidity without compromising the overall car bodyweight, they said.