Phnom Penh, 15 September 2016 – The New Car Assessment Program for Southeast Asian Countries (ASEAN NCAP) held the fifth edition of the ASEAN Automobile Safety Forum (AASF) 2016/005 today at the Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokheethra, Cambodia, in collaboration with the Automobile Association of Cambodia (AAC). As a consumer based organisation, ASEAN NCAP has set six strategic approaches to enhance road safety in the ASEAN region and improve vehicle safety performance. Based on one of these strategic approaches, the theme for the AASF 2016/005 is “Reduce Non-Safe Cars on the Road”, with the objective to overcome the road safety challenges of aging/used vehicles on the road. The forum was officiated by Her Excellency Min Manavy, Secretary of State for the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, Kingdom of Cambodia. Her Excellency is also the Vice President of Cambodia National Road Safety Committee.
During the forum participants had the opportunity to listen to presentations from local Cambodian organisations such as the Institute for Road Safety and the National Road Safety Committee. Other presentations were given by vehicle manufacturers such as HINO, Toyota, Hyundai, as well as from Global NCAP, the Thai-German Graduate School, Denso, Altair Engineering, Malaysia Automotive Institute, and the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research.
At the AASF in Phnom Penh, ASEAN NCAP also released its latest test result for the 3rd Quarter of 2016 for the Proton Saga’s new model. This is the second generation model of the Saga which Proton will be launching soon. In the test, the Proton Saga scored 13.33 out of 16.00 points in the Adult Occupant Protection (AOP) category, which placed the model in the range of a 4-Star rating. This result is a remarkable improvement compared to the previous result achieved during Phase I in 2013. In Phase I, the Saga obtained 10.23 points for the AOP category, a score that put the model’s result at 3-Stars. The new Proton Saga model also performed well in the Child Occupant Protection (COP) category where it achieved a 4-Star rating at 71% compliance. The current result is a distinct improvement from the COP result obtained in 2013, with 48% compliance and was rated as 2-Stars.
Global NCAP Programs Director and Asia Pacific Coordinator, Ms. Jessica Truong said:
“New Car Assessment Programmes have made a significant impact on the safety development of new car models around the world. The new Proton Saga is one example of such development. Proton improved the crashworthiness of the car and equipped it with more safety features. Global NCAP hopes this approach will be reflected by other vehicle manufacturers producing cars for the ASEAN countries. By eliminating zero star cars, our vision of achieving zero fatalities due to road crashes will be closer to becoming a reality.”
Full press release is available here.