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 Niky Tamayo
 
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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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