Announcement of ASEAN NCAP Results for Q1 2019 and Launching of ASEAN NCAP Labelling Compliance Guideline for Malaysia

Putrajaya, 12 February 2019 – The New Car Assessment Program for Southeast Asian Countries (ASEAN NCAP) recently assessed two latest models available in the market. The models are the Perodua Aruz, the latest SUV model under the Perodua brand and Toyota Camry, the midsize sedan class of the Toyota brand. The results were released during the launching ceremony of ASEAN NCAP Labelling Compliance Guideline 2019 by YB Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution bin Ismail, Hon. Minister of the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP).

The Perodua Aruz is the latest SUV model produced by Perodua. The Aruz shares the same platform of the Toyota Rush model in which the latter was awarded with 5-Star rating by ASEAN NCAP. Based on the documentation provided by Perodua with regards to the safety features of the model, ASEAN NCAP has extended the Toyota Rush rating to the Perodua Aruz. The Perodua Aruz received a total score of 86.49 points, which comprised 43.25 points for the Adult Occupant Protection (AOP) category, 21.01 points for the Child Occupant Protection (COP) assessment and 22.22 points for the Safety Assist (SAT) category. The Perodua Aruz has a standard fitment of six airbags, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Seatbelt Reminder System (SBR) for driver, front and rear passengers, ISOFIX and top tether at rear seats. Perodua also equipped the model with other safety assist technologies namely Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) City and Forward Collision Warning System to be available in the model. Thus, the accumulated score from the three assessed categories has made the SUV to be eligible for 5-Star ASEAN NCAP rating.

The Toyota Camry is the latest model under the Toyota brand assessed by ASEAN NCAP. The midsize sedan obtained an outstanding score for its AOP category with 49.04 points over 50.00, 22.68/25.00 points for the COP assessment and 19.75/25.00 points for the SAT category. Under the COP assessment, the Camry scored full points in both frontal and side impact tests. The tested sedan was fitted with seven airbags, ESC, SBR for frontal occupants, ISOFIX and top tether as standard across all variants. A nine-airbag variant is also offered for its Thailand market. The Camry also has features equipped in the car either as standard or optional in all its available market across South East Asia namely AEB City and Inter-urban, Lane Departure Warning System, Forward Collision Warning System and Lane Keep Assist. Toyota Camry achieved an impressive overall score of 91.47 points for this test and thus, ASEAN NCAP has awarded it with 5-Star rating.

ASEAN NCAP Chairperson, Dr. Siti Zaharah Ishak said:

“Congratulations to Perodua and Toyota for the positive collaboration that they formed in order to provide an alternative choice to vehicle consumers in Malaysia. As the first release of ASEAN NCAP result for 2019, we are proud to see these models and several other popular vehicles that were assessed before this, rated with 5-star rating. Therefore, we hope this will be impactful to other manufacturers that have yet to improve the safety performance of their cars.”

ASEAN NCAP Secretary-General, Ir. Dr. Khairil Anwar Abu Kassim said:

“Since we began ASEAN NCAP in 2011, we have seen impressive improvements in vehicles sold in the South East Asia market. Improvements not only in the crashworthiness aspect by providing good protection to the occupants but also the vehicles are fitted with equipment that could prevent a crash from occurring. Recently there is an increasing number of vehicles that are fitted with Blind Spot Technology and Autonomous Emergency Braking. We are proud of this advancement as they were based on our protocol for 2017-2020 that stipulates these technologies for advanced 5-Star requirement. It has been an amazing journey for me to be working with manufacturers who are committed in giving 5-star safety protection in to the road users through the development of their new cars.”

Prior to the ASEAN NCAP result announcement, the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) has launched the new ASEAN NCAP Labelling Compliance Guideline for Malaysia. The guideline aims to provide guidance to related parties who are involved in the sale of passenger vehicles in Malaysia by complying with the safety standards that were recommended by the Ministry. Malaysia is the second country in South East Asia after Brunei that implements safety labelling for vehicles displayed in showrooms or any promotional premises such as hypermarket. The safety labelling will provide information to vehicle consumers on the safety level of the car. For models that have been assessed by ASEAN NCAP, the label will contain its rating assessment from Zero to 5 star.

The following information listed why there is a need for ASEAN NCAP labelling.

  • To avoid any misleading information to vehicle consumers.
  • To prevent the misuse of NCAP logos from other regions or countries that might confuse consumers.
  • To avoid double standard as the safety specifications offered for vehicles of the same model sold in other countries vary from the ones produced for the Malaysian market.
  • To raise consumers awareness on the safety status of vehicles they would like to purchase.
  • To facilitate information to the consumers regarding the vehicle’s star rating and safety specifications.

The following are the gist of the results.

  • The Perodua Aruz is the latest SUV model that underwent ASEAN NCAP assessment. The SUV’s rating was extended from the Toyota Rush model based on the documentation provided by Perodua. The Aruz was awarded with 5-Star rating at an accumulated score of 86.49 points in which the model obtained 43.25 points for AOP, 21.01 points for COP, and 22.22 points for the SATs category.
  • The Toyota Camry achieved an impressive total score of 91.47 points. From this score, the new Camry scored 49.04 points for AOP, 22.68 points for COP and 19.75 points for SATs category. With the overall score that it obtained, the Toyota Camry is awarded with 5-Star rating.

The full press release can be downloaded here.