The all-new Holden (ahem, Chevrolet) Malibu has been awarded a maximum 5 star safety rating by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) ahead of its Australia-market launch next month, joining best-possible safety ratings for the model in the U.S., Europe, and South Korea.
What really makes the Malibu safe is its strong structure, which is designed to absorb the energy created in a crash and help preserve the structural integrity of the occupant compartment, is made possible by the high-strength and ultra-high-strength steel, full-length frame rails, a reinforced safety cage, and impact-absorbing crush zones all contribute.
The Malibu’s standard safety features include six airbags, a rear view camera, rear parking sensors, Electronic Stability Control (ESC) incorporating Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), brake assist, electronic brake distribution, traction control, and the ISOFIX child seat anchorage system.
In addition, the Malibu conforms to global standards for protecting pedestrians against head injuries in the event of a crash by using energy-absorbing materials in the hood (or the bonnet, for our Australian readers). Other energy-absorbing techniques for protecting pedestrians in the event of a collision include the strategic use of air space between the hood and hard objects underneath (battery and engine) that could injure pedestrians.
PS: watch the Malibu undergo Euro NCAP crash testing.