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The LDV T60 is the first Chinese ute to achieve a 5-star safety rating by independent safety authority ANCAP.

Joining the LDV T60 on the 5-star board was another Chinese model – the Haval H2 – alongside the Honda CR-V.

“The LDV T60 dual cab enters the Australasian market this week with the 5 star rating it needs to gain sales traction in the highly competitive utility segment,” ANCAP Chief Executive Officer, Mr James Goodwin said.

“This broadens the segment even further with added choice for safety-conscious consumers using their ute for work and weekends.”

“The T60 performed well in our crash tests, although like all light commercial utes currently rated, it lacks autonomous emergency braking,” Mr Goodwin added.

The 5 star rating applies to all 4WD dual cab T60 variants. Haval has also enhanced its appeal to consumers with a 5 star ANCAP safety rating for all variants of the H2 small SUV.

“Haval came close with its large SUV, the H9, which scored 4 stars when rated last year but the H2 improves on that rating, reaching 5 stars through increased levels of occupant protection,” Mr Goodwin said.

The 5 star rating for the H2 applies to models sold in Australia from October 2015, and New Zealand from August 2017.

“Customers who have bought or are considering the Honda CR-V which launched earlier this year can be assured of a high level of safety with low injury readings recorded in all physical crash tests,” Mr Goodwin added.

All variants of the CR-V are covered by the 5-star ANCAP safety rating.

For more detail on each vehicle’s findings, click on the follow technical reports below: