Top Safety Ratings In Japan For New Liberty & Outback

Fri, 05/12/2014

Subaru’s new generation Legacy (known as Liberty in Australia) and Outback, equipped with EyeSight® driver assist, have received the highest possible ratings for preventative safety, following independent testing conducted in Japan.
Both cars received the maximum possible 40 points in the Japan New Car Assessment Program (JNCAP) Advanced Safety Vehicle-Plus (ASV+) preventive safety performance assessment.
Points are awarded for efficacy in reducing accidents resulting in death or serious injury, based on the types of accidents occurring in Japan. 
Any vehicle earning two points or more is designated as an Advanced Safety Vehicle (ASV), and a vehicle earning 12 points or more is designated as an Advanced Safety Vehicle-Plus (ASV+). 
The latest news follows the recent perfect 40-point rating for Subaru’s EyeSight-equipped Levorg, Forester with 39.9 points and XV Hybrid with 39.3 – all achieving JNCAP Advanced Safety Vehicle-Plus (ASV+) ratings.
The preventive safety performance assessment was only introduced this year, prompted by increasing demand for safe vehicles equipped with technology such as automatic brakes and other prevention or reduction measures. 
The assessment involves testing two systems, Autonomous Emergency Braking and the Lane Departure Warning.
Subaru Australia announced last month that every Model Year 2015 Liberty variant will be EyeSight-equipped.
New generation Liberty and Outback are on-sale in Australia in January.