China To Improve Crash Test Standards… And Not A Moment Too Soon

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer

Chinese automakers are delaying exports to Europe and the US until after 2015, largely because they admit their products aren’t “ready for primetime.” And few issues demonstrate that fact as well as the scandalous crash test videos that have defined internet perceptions of Chinese cars for years now. But with even more recent Chinese export-intenders continuing to put up lousy safety results, Autobild reports that, starting in 2012, China will improve its crash test standards to near-European levels.

Called C-NCAP, the new standard is modeled on EUropean NCAP rules, and raises the bar significantly. For example, Chinese cars will now be crashed at 64 km/h instead of 56 km/h. Anti-whiplash and other active safety measures will also be tested, as will results for rear-seat passengers in addition to front-seat passengers. And in order to include these additional test results, the maximum points available are going up from 51 to 62.

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  • Racebeer Racebeer on Oct 19, 2011

    What about the JV cars, like the "Buicks" from GM made in China?? Is there any data available to see how they perform compared to the pure Chinese models?? Inquiring minds .........

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    • D503kemp D503kemp on Oct 22, 2011

      @Steven02 I think, and by that I mean if I recall at least, the Buick Park Ave. that is sold in China is really a Holden Caprice for the most part.

  • Steven02 Steven02 on Oct 19, 2011

    How are the old VW's going to fair when this comes into play? I know that they still sell really old Jettas there. Will they pass these tests?

  • Seabrjim Seabrjim on Oct 19, 2011

    Love that standard airbag system that goes right over your shoulder as your face impales itself on the door hinge.

  • Joeaverage Joeaverage on Oct 25, 2011

    So what would it take to create a world crash and pollution standard so that vehicles could easily be sold around the globe? Political and corporate objections primarily? How close are European and U.S. standards now?