The New Car Assessment Program for South East Asian Countries (ASEAN NCAP) has released the results of the two car models it tested for the third quarter of 2018. Of the two models, one is sold in the Philippines, the MG 3 subcompact hatchback, and it received a paltry 2-Star rating out of a possible 5.
Based on the tests, the MG 3 achieved an overall score of 48.80 points, broken down to 19.58 points for the Adult Occupant Protection (AOP) category, 16.03 points for the Child Occupant Protection (COP) category, and 13.19 points for the Safety Assist Technologies (SATs) category.
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 was also equipped with Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Seatbelt Reminder System (SBR) for the driver only. Based on the total score of 48.80 points, ASEAN NCAP awarded the MG 3 with a 2-Star rating.
“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,” said ASEAN NCAP Secretary-General, Ir. Dr. Khairil Anwar Abu Kassim. “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.”
The other car tested by the ASEAN NCAP was the Renault Kwid which scored an incredulous 24.68 points. That’s because the tested model was not equipped with any safety assist technologies, the third vital component used to assess a vehicle so it didn’t get any score for the SATs category. The tested unit also only had a single airbag solely for the driver. Furthermore, it wasn’t fitted with ISOFIX anchors inside the car, which makes seatbelt as the main restraint method for child safety seats.
For its measly 24.68 points, the ASEAN NCAP gave the Renault Kwid a Zero-Star rating.
“It’s very disturbing to see such a poor result for the Kwid,” said Global NCAP Secretary-General, David Ward. “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 MG 3 is available locally through its official importer Morris Garages Philippines in two variants, with the prices ranging from PHP745,000 to PHP795,000.
You can check out the MG 3 being crash-tested by the ASEAN NCAP in the video below.
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