24th November, 2010

Euro NCAP publishing first Chinese vehicle rating

 Today, Euro NCAP releases the crash test results for fourteen cars, including the first Chinese-manufactured vehicle it has tested. Ten cars achieved Euro NCAP’s maximum award of five stars, three received four stars and one received a two star result.

After an unsuccessful first introduction onto the European market in 2005, Landwind returns with the CV9, a mid-sized MPV that achieved two stars in Euro NCAP’s assessment. Eager to erase its poor safety record, Landwind hopes to make a strong comeback with the CV9, which according to the Chinese carmaker ‘has been revamped to meet the strictest European safety standards’. In comparison to competitive vehicles in this segment, however, the car remains poorly equipped, lacking a side protection airbag, a head protection device and electronic stability control. The car was limited to a two star rating by its overall performance although it came close to meeting the three star threshold for adult occupant protection.

Dr Michiel van Ratingen, Euro NCAP’s Secretary General, says ‘It is clear that vehicles from China, India and other emerging countries will in the next few years become commonplace on European roads. Euro NCAP will ensure that consumers know what levels of safety are offered by these vehicles. By highlighting differences in safety performance, we aim to drive the safety of all cars towards and beyond the high levels we see from more well-established manufacturers. We are confident that Landwind and others will rise to this challenge.’

The Kia Venga has been reassessed shortly after its market introduction and has been awarded with a five star result. In February 2010, Euro NCAP highlighted some weaknesses in the car’s performance in the frontal impact test leading to a four star rating. Kia have made structural changes to the front of the car and have refined the restraint systems to improve the protection of adult and child occupants. With this, Kia have demonstrated their wish to achieve the highest level of safety for its vehicles.

The only executive car in this release - the Jaguar XF - surprisingly received four stars, its rating limited by adult and child occupant protection. In the side pole impact of the XF, chest protection was rated as weak and the car’s seat and head restraint provided marginal whiplash protection.

The Volkswagen Amarok received four stars and, with 17 points, is the pickup offering best pedestrian protection so far tested by Euro NCAP. However, a poor level of chest protection was offered in the side pole test. From the same stable, Euro NCAP has tested the five door MPV VW Sharan. This car has exactly the same platform, interior fittings and levels of safety equipment as the new Seat Alhambra and the five star rating applies to both vehicles.

Finally, Euro NCAP’s other top scorers with five star results are the Audi A1, the BMW Mini Countryman, the Ford C-MAX and Ford Grand C-MAX, the Kia Sportage, the Opel/Vauxhall Meriva and the facelifted VW Passat. The Nissan Micra was rewarded with four stars.

Details of the results and footages of the crash tests can all be found on our website. For more information, please contact Marie Brasseur, Communications Manager at email or +32 2 4007746.

Audi logotype Audi A1 Total rating: 5 pts
Ford logotype Ford C-MAX Total rating: 5 pts
Ford logotype Ford Grand C-MAX Total rating: 5 pts
Jaguar logotype Jaguar XF Total rating: 4 pts
Kia logotype KIA Sportage Total rating: 5 pts
Kia logotype Kia Venga Total rating: 5 pts
Landwind logotype Landwind CV9 Total rating: 2 pts
MINI logotype MINI Countryman Total rating: 5 pts
Nissan logotype Nissan Micra Total rating: 4 pts
Opel/Vauxhall logotype Opel/Vauxhall Meriva Total rating: 5 pts
Seat logotype Seat Alhambra Total rating: 5 pts
VW logotype VW Amarok Total rating: 4 pts
VW logotype VW Passat Total rating: 5 pts
VW logotype VW Sharan Total rating: 5 pts