Words by Jose Carlo R. Sapera
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Early last year, we hailed about the formation of the ASEAN NCAP (New Car Assessment Program) - a governing body that will verify the safety of vehicles built and sold in the Asia-Pacific region. You see, some cars in this part of the world may not be identical to its global counterparts in terms of specs and safety features. So to address this, the Australian NCAP (under the Global NCAP) and automobile associations of Singapore, Malaysia, and Philippines have worked together to put these vehicles in question to the test.

The first phase of evaluation was held between November 15, 2012 and January 29, 2013 at the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) PC3 crash laboratory in Melaka, Malaysia. Eight cars participated namely: the Ford Fiesta sedan, Honda City, Toyota Vios, Hyundai i10, Nissan March, Proton Saga, Proton Saga FLX+, and Perodua Myvi. (Of the bunch, only the first four are sold here in the Philippines.) And after months of steel-crumpling and glass-shattering tests, here are the results.
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Words by Jose Carlo R. Sapera
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Most, if not all new vehicles sold in the market today come standard with airbags and anti-lock brakes. As competition stiffens and safety standards get higher, even entry-level models now come with these safety supplements. But how safe really are they?
In the US, automobile safety is stringently evaluated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) where its safety arm, the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), is designated to encourage automobile makers to build safer vehicles. They do this by rigorously checking each new vehicle how it fairs in a crash. And one of the most recent models to pass their test with a full five-star rating is the all-new 2013 Ford Focus.
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Words by Christopher Kho | Photos courtesy of Volvo Car Corporation
Each year, cars are ideally designed and built better as they vie for better scores in crash safety tests such as the Euro NCAP. For example, a full 5-star rating was only achievable by large executive German sedans a decade ago; now, small compact sedans like the 2012 Honda Civic can get a similar rating. But, in all of the Euro NCAP's 15-year history, no other vehicle has scored higher than Volvo's all-new 2013 V40
Receiving the full 5-stars, the Volvo V40 scored 98% in adult and 75% in child occupant safety, 88% in pedestrian safety, and 100% in its safety assist systems. Putting that into perspective, this small Scandinavian hatchback faired marginally better than the current BMW 5-Series.
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So that you'd know what your chances are of surviving an accident in an all-new CX-5, the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) put Mazda's latest crossover to the test for you. They've crashed it head on, against a pole, and even onto a hapless dummy pedestrian all in the name of safety. And after the dust has settled, not only did the CX-5 pass with flying colors, but it also achieved the maximum five-star safety rating, which pretty much means you, your passengers, and that annoying jaywalker should be able to walk away in case of a crash.
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Words by Niky Tamayo
In cooperation with the Australian NCAP (New Car Assessment Program), under the Global NCAP initiative, a home-grown testing program is set to begin this April in Malaysia to verify the safety of vehicles sold in South East Asia. Called the ASEAN NCAP, this initiative is a joint effort involving the Automobile Associations of Malaysia, Singapore, and the Philippines.
This is in recognition that region-specific models and variants are not identical to models sold outside the region, and is in response to the growing need for crash-safety certification in South East Asia. The ASEAN NCAP standard will closely follow the Euro-NCAP and A-NCAP standards, with a 65 km/h offset frontal crash test. Special attention will also be paid to base models that may not be equipped with airbags and other safety equipment deemed mandatory in more developed markets like Europe. This test is more stringent than the current 56 km/h Chinese NCAP offset-frontal test, though that is also set to be increased to 64 km/h later this year.
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Scoring top marks the European New Car Assessment Program's (Euro ENCAP) safety tests, the three-pointed star's freshly-baked coupe is now available in the Philippines. Officially distributed by CATS Motors Inc., be sporty and safe in the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé.
With its array of safety features, this luxury coupé passed with flying colors and received an exceptional 90% on its adult occupant rating, which involves front, side, and rear impact tests. Results also show that the level of protection is not that much affected by occupant size and should keep passengers safe even at different speeds and impact severities. Adding to its high level of safety standards are Mercedes-Benz innovations such as PRE-SAFE, a system that senses when an accident is about to occur and initiate additional passenger protection, and active head restraints that provides added support during a rear impact.
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