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Australia: More new cars driving away with five-star safety rating

The number of new cars achieving maximum safety ratings is increasing, according to a list of all vehicles crash tested in Australia and Europe last year.

Almost two thirds (33) of the 51 vehicles evaluated in 2009 by the Australasian and European new car assessment programmes scored five stars, compared with just over a third (25) of the 72 vehicles tested in 2008 attaining the highest rating.