Kajang, 17 August 2017 – Beginning 2017, the New Car Assessment Programme for Southeast Asian Countries (ASEAN NCAP) has introduced a new rating system to assess vehicle safety levels. The new system, is a single rating system, which consists of three assessments, Adult Occupant Protection (AOP) (50%), Child Occupant Protection (COP) (25%), and Safety Assist Technologies (SATs) (25%), combined to an overall rating. The previous rating system, used from 2012 to 2016 was based on a dual rating comprising AOP and COP which produced two final scores. One of the drawbacks was that manufacturers tended to promote higher ratings compared to lower ones. The new combined score avoids this.
Honda has taken a proactive step of being the first manufacturer in the ASEAN region to undergo an ASEAN NCAP test using the new rating assessment system. The selected vehicle, the Honda CR-V, performed extremely well achieving 5-Star rating with the overall score of 88.80 points. The breakdown of the score across each domain, was 47.25 points for AOP, 22.84 points for COP and 18.71 points for SAT.
The new Honda CR-V was first marketed in the ASEAN region in April 2017 in Thailand. The model is equipped with dual frontal airbags, three-point seatbelts, Seatbelt Reminders (SBR) for both driver and front passenger, all as standard fitments. Other fitments such as side airbags, curtain airbags, blind spot technology, and driver attention monitor are also available to most of the ASEAN market. The seven-seater SUV is also fitted with standard Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Anti-lock Braking System (ABS). For the child restraint method, ISOFIX and top tether are standard across variants.
As part of Honda’s commitment to safety, Honda introduced Honda Sensing Technology in the 2017 model. The Honda Sensing comprising Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS). The technologies are only available on the higher variant models.
ASEAN NCAP Chairman, Prof. Dr. Wong Shaw Voon said:
“We are pleased that ASEAN NCAP’s first result release under the new rating for Honda CR-V obtained a 5-Star result in the overall score. This shows that manufacturers are dedicated to produce safer cars for the ASEAN region in line with our new safety protocol. Furthermore, the Honda CR-V’s result will be a catalyst for other vehicles to produce safer cars for this region. Although Honda Sensing is currently only available in the top range variant, we look forward to have it standard across all variants in the coming future.”
ASEAN NCAP Secretary-General, Dr. Khairil Anwar Abu Kassim said:
“Honda CR-V’s overall safety level is consistent with those produced for other regions. This is apparent when we make a comparison with other NCAP’s results, i.e. Euro NCAP and Australasian NCAP. With the new CR-V’s 5-Star rating, Honda is truly committed to its global safety concept of ‘Safety for Everyone’.”
The gist of ASEAN NCAP Q3 2017 results are as follows.
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