Friday, September 16, 2016

ASEAN NCAP releases upcoming all-new Proton Saga crash test results - Do note that the car isn't launched yet!

Spy photo of the Proton Saga...put on the web a couple of months ago and now viraled everywhere!

ASEAN NCAP must be really excited. At the ASEAN Automobile Safety Forum, AASF, in Phnom Penh, ASEAN NCAP has released its latest test result for the 3rd Quarter of 2016 for the upcoming 3rd generation new Proton Saga (which was wrongly stated in the press release below as the 2nd generation Saga). Proton will be launching this new A segment sedan sometime very soon (by next month at the latest) and in the test, the all-new Proton Saga scored 13.33 out of 16.00 points in the Adult Occupant Protection (AOP) category, which placed the model in the range of a 4-Star rating. 


This result is a remarkable improvement compared to the previous result achieved during Phase I in 2013. In Phase I, the previous Saga obtained 10.23 points for the AOP category, a score that put the model’s result at 3-Stars.

The new Proton Saga model also performed well in the Child Occupant Protection (COP) category where it achieved a 4-Star rating at 71% compliance. The current result is a distinct improvement from the COP result obtained in 2013, with 48% compliance and was rated as 2-Stars.

This upcoming small sized sedan will be totally entry level and very affordable but quite safe since it has a 4 star rating. 5 stars in ASEAN NCAP is usually reserved if the car has traction control or electronic stability programmes inside it. I believe the Saga caters at the very end of the market and when it goes on sale it will be the most affordable small sedan on sale in the Malaysian market, undercutting the Perodua Bezza in terms of price. And looking at the spy photo above, it has quite proportionate styling for a very small sedan.

Note that the newly launched, larger B segment sized Proton Persona is actually priced similar to the A segment Perodua Bezza. Quite a pricing feat since it is packed with safety features.

More details on the ASEAN Automobile Safety Forum 2016 below.

PRESS RELEASE
ASEAN NCAP – SAFER CARS FOR ASEAN REGION

Launch of 5th ASEAN Automobile Safety Forum 2016 in Cambodia &

Release of Q3 2016 Result

Phnom Penh, 15 September 2016 – The New Car Assessment Program for Southeast Asian Countries

(ASEAN NCAP) held the fifth edition of the ASEAN Automobile Safety Forum (AASF) 2016/005 today

at the Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokheethra, Cambodia, in collaboration with the Automobile Association

of Cambodia (AAC). As a consumer based organisation, ASEAN NCAP has set six strategic approaches

to enhance road safety in the ASEAN region and improve vehicle safety performance. Based on one

of these strategic approaches, the theme for the AASF 2016/005 is “Reduce Non-Safe Cars on the

Road”, with the objective to overcome the road safety challenges of aging/used vehicles on the road.

The forum was officiated by Her Excellency Min Manavy, Secretary of State for the Ministry of Public

Works and Transport, Kingdom of Cambodia. Her Excellency is also the Vice President of Cambodia

National Road Safety Committee.

During the forum participants had the opportunity to listen to presentations from local Cambodian

organisations such as the Institute for Road Safety and the National Road Safety Committee. Other

presentations were given by vehicle manufacturers such as HINO, Toyota, Hyundai, as well as from

Global NCAP, the Thai-German Graduate School, Denso, Altair Engineering, Malaysia Automotive

Institute, and the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research.

At the AASF in Phnom Penh, ASEAN NCAP also released its latest test result for the 3rd Quarter of 2016

for the Proton Saga’s new model. This is the second generation model of the Saga which Proton will

be launching soon. In the test, the Proton Saga scored 13.33 out of 16.00 points in the Adult Occupant

Protection (AOP) category, which placed the model in the range of a 4-Star rating. This result is a

remarkable improvement compared to the previous result achieved during Phase I in 2013. In Phase

I, the Saga obtained 10.23 points for the AOP category, a score that put the model’s result at 3-Stars.

The new Proton Saga model also performed well in the Child Occupant Protection (COP) category

where it achieved a 4-Star rating at 71% compliance. The current result is a distinct improvement from

the COP result obtained in 2013, with 48% compliance and was rated as 2-Stars.


Global NCAP Programs Director and Asia Pacific Coordinator, Ms. Jessica Truong said:

“New Car Assessment Programmes have made a significant impact on the safety development of new

car models around the world. The new Proton Saga is one example of such development. Proton

improved the crashworthiness of the car and equipped it with more safety features. Global NCAP

hopes this approach will be reflected by other vehicle manufacturers producing cars for the ASEAN

countries. By eliminating zero star cars, our vision of achieving zero fatalities due to road crashes will

be closer to becoming a reality.”

ASEAN NCAP

ASEAN NCAP is a new addition to the NCAP organizations around the world, which aims to enhance

safety standards, raise consumer awareness and encourage a market for safer vehicles in the

Southeast Asia region (ASEAN community). A collaboraion between MIROS and Global NCAP, in which

the latter funded the pilot phase of the project. ASEAN NCAP is also supported by the membership of

Automobile Associations from Malaysia (AAM), the Philippines (AAP), Singapore (AA Singapore),

Thailand (RAAT) and Cambodia (AAC).

Currently, ASEAN NCAP Steering Committee (SC) is chaired by the Director-General of MIROS/ASEAN

NCAP Chairman, Prof. Dr. Wong Shaw Voon and the Technical Committee (TC) is chaired by the ASEAN

NCAP Secretary-General, Mr. Khairil Anwar Abu Kassim.

Frontal Offset Crash Test

Frontal Offset crash test is conducted by having crash test dummies (Hybrid III 50th percentile - male)

at both the driver and front passenger seats and two child dummies (P3 and P1.5) inside the child

restraint system (CRS) in the test car that moves at 63 km/h (closing speed) when it hit a crash barrier

(crushable aluminium barrier). The test results are described below.

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