Chinese cars to undergo stricter crash tests
There's no doubt that the Chinese Motor industry is booming, with a healthy number of home-grown manufacturers offering high-value cars and light commercial vehicles.
With some of these Chinese car brands due on these shores imminently, future British buyers will be pleased to know that China is beefing up its New Car Assessment Program (C-NCAP) process after recent poor performances in European tests.
Due to be implemented by July next year, the new standards will include low-speed crash testing, whiplash protection parameters and the safety of rear passengers for the first time.
With some new Chinese models now featuring driver aids such as stability control, these too will be taken into account with the new tests.
The ideas is that the C-NCAP test moves closer to the industry recognized standards from Euro NCAP and the US National Highway Transportation Safety Board criteria, including really tough testing such as the 64km/h offset frontal crash scenario.
Speaking to Autoblog, a spokesman for the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said on the subject: "Vehicle manufacturers in Europe have invested heavily in safety technology for many years.
It's encouraging that the Chinese New Car Assessment Program is introducing tests already familiar to Euro NCAP, moving closer to recognised standards for the safety performance of cars on sale today."
On current evidence, Chinese manufacturers are going to have a tough time meeting these new targets, with just 59 cars – less than half of the new models launched in China since 2006 earning five-stars under the current, less stringent standards.
Check out the recent poor performance of this Brilliance BS7 in a German ADAC test below: