ANCAP’s regime includes seven destructive crash tests. In addition, there are eight active safety performance tests, including crash avoidance (hundreds of scenarios have been assessed).
To receive a five-star safety rating – a result that BYD’s distributor in Australia has already stated publicly as a guarantee – new vehicles must meet certain standards. The overall safety rating of a vehicle is based on the weakest result in any of those ratings.
The ANCAP spokesperson explained that procurement of test vehicles varies.
“…with some manufacturers actively seeking an ANCAP safety rating prior to market launch, and others where ANCAP uses its own resources to acquire and test vehicles (with manufacturers not actively seeking a rating).
“In the case of the BYD Atto 3, the manufacturer has actively sought an independent safety rating for this model and has worked closely with and supported ANCAP in preparation for its local market launch.”
The NZ market variants of Atto 3 will be differentiated by their battery size and vehicle color options; all other specifications are the same. Default is white, while blue and gray add $750.
The Extended model has a 60 kWh battery pack that is claimed to be fully charged in just an hour when on a DC fast charger within an hour. Domestic charging takes 11 hours.
The Standard has a 50 kWh battery. The charging rates for this are not shared.
Both models use the same 150 kW/310 Nm engine and deliver a time from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.3 seconds. The Standard has a WLTP range of 320 km; the 60 kWh model extends that by another 100 km.
Active safety features include seven airbags (one between the seats), Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping, Adaptive Cruise Control, AEB, front and rear collision warning and blind spot monitoring.
Both models come with a 12.8-inch touchscreen that can rotate up to 90 degrees, a panoramic sunroof, a one-touch power tailgate and LED headlights with high beam assist.
There are also power seats, a five-inch digital instrument panel, leatherette upholstery, a 360-degree surround-view monitor, a smart key and a wireless phone charger.
The warranty period is six years/150,000 km and the battery is covered for eight years/160,000 km.
BYD has appointed dealers in Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.
BYD Auto only builds electric cars. Two more models are reportedly set to arrive next year, with another EV and a PHEV in 2024.
MotoringNZ published a story yesterday suggesting that eligibility for a Clean Car discount relied primarily on crash test results. This is incorrect. The mistake is regretted.
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