Melaka, 11 July 2018 – In recent months, the New Car Assessment Programme for South East Asian Countries (ASEAN NCAP) has tested two car models for the third quarter of 2018. The tested models were the MG 3, available in the Thailand market and the Renault Kwid, sold in Indonesian market.
This is the first MG model assessed by ASEAN NCAP. Under this assessment, the MG 3 model achieved an overall score of 48.80 points. From this score, the MG 3 obtained 19.58 points for the Adult Occupant Protection (AOP) category, in which it was solely contributed from its side impact test score. In the Child Occupant Protection (COP) category, the model received 16.03 points whilst 13.19 points were awarded for the Safety Assist Technologies (SATs). The tested MG 3 had a standard fitment of double airbags for both driver and front passenger and ISOFIX as child restraint system. The model is also equipped with Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Seatbelt Reminder System (SBR) for driver only standard across variants. Based on the total score of 48.80 points, ASEAN NCAP awarded the MG 3 with 2-Star rating.
The Renault Kwid, ASEAN NCAP second assessed car for this third quarter received an overall score of 24.68 points. This is also the first assessment by ASEAN NCAP of a Renault model. With this score, the Kwid obtained 10.12 points in the AOP category, furnished by the points from its frontal impact test. Under the COP category, the hatchback model had 14.56 points. Unfortunately, the model was not equipped with any safety assist technologies hence, it did not get any score for SATs category. The tested Kwid only had a single airbag for the driver. Furthermore, there was no ISOFIX fitted inside the car, which makes seatbelt as the main restraint method for child safety seats. According to the Renault Kwid’s accumulated score of 24.68 points from the three assessed categories, ASEAN NCAP rated it as Zero-Star.
ASEAN NCAP Secretary-General, Ir. Dr. Khairil Anwar Abu Kassim said:
“We are truly disappointed to find that there are still cars out there that do not offer high degree of safety levels to its occupants in the ASEAN region. What is more disappointing is that these cars are sold in countries that recorded one of the highest numbers of road fatalities; in which WHO published Thailand with 14,059 fatalities while Indonesia had 26,416 number of road fatalities. Safer vehicle is one of the main pillars that can contribute to the betterment of road safety in this region. Therefore, we hope there will be positive co-operations from car manufacturers to significantly improve the safety performance of their cars in future.”
Global NCAP Secretary-General, Mr. David Ward said:
“It’s very disturbing to see such a poor result for the Kwid. Renault have shown that they can make a much safer version in Latin America, so why not in South East Asia too? Different regions and double standards from Renault is deeply disappointing!”
The overview of ASEAN NCAP Q3 2018 results are as follows.
The full press release can be downloaded here.