Safety Ratings of Cars Reported at 2016 ASEAN NCAP Conference in Vietnam


The New Car Assessment Program for Southeast Asia (ASEAN NCAP) 7th Technical Committee convened at Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. ASEAN NCAP Secretary General Khairil Anwar Abu Kassim (fourth from left) and AAP Advocacies executive assistant Cynthia Reyes (sixth from left) joined other committee members for a souvenir photo.


The Automobile Association Philippines (AAP) attended the two-day conference of the New Car Assessment Program for Southeast Asian Countries (ASEAN NCAP) which aims to create a market for safer cars in the region.

On May 30-31, AAP—represented by AAP Advocacies executive assistant Cynthia Reyes—participated in the conference in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam as a member of the ASEAN-NCAP’s steering and technical committee.

Progress reports on crash-tests, road safety status of ASEAN countries, and future plans of ASEAN NCAP were presented at the conference.

As of the date of the opening of the conference, 59 cars had been crash-tested and 75 ratings were produced.

All in all, the cars of 19 car manufacturers from all over the world were tested and 77 ratings were produced.

Reyes said the report indicated that the safety star ratings of some brands in the region went down because the vehicles lacked safety features such as a seatbelt reminder and an anti-lock braking system.

The mini subcompact cars of two brands got zero star rating.

The Nissan Teana again emerged as No. 1 in safety by scoring five stars for both adult occupant protection and child occupant protection, the same safety rating it has gained since 2014.

Special mention went to the Nissan X-Trail (5 stars), Isuzu D-Max and MUX (5 stars each), Nissan Navara (4 stars) and Suzuki Ertiga (4 stars.)

The ASEAN NCAP tests proved that safe cars are not necessarily expensive. For example, a Perodua car from Malaysia earned five stars although it is inexpensive, the report claimed.

“The findings we get from these reports are extremely important in conceptualizing and implementing road safety initiatives,” Reyes said. “Across the region, we’ve got different road safety issues to address and this includes vehicle safety and consumer protection.”

She told the participants that in the Philippines, data collection on road crashes is still a problem due to the big discrepancy in the statistics of the Metro Manila Development Authority and the Philippine National Police.

During the ASEAN Automobile Safety Forum on the second day of the conference, the protocol for car manufacturers was officially released. The simulation and results presented therein are meant to be guidelines for the manufacturers.

ASEAN NCAP Secretary General Dr. Khairil Anwar Abu Kassim said the new roadmap for safer cars will include creating safety ratings for used cars, establishing regulations and standards for motorcycle design perspective, advocating stronger consumer information, and promoting the universal application of the United Nations minimum standards for crash protection and avoidance.

Kassim added that starting next year, a new single rating system rating will be implemented based on the three domains: adult occupant protection (AOP), child occupant protection (COP) and safety assist technology (SAT). At present, only AOP and COP are rated in the crash tests.

By including SAT, Kassim said that the “ASEAN NCAP is targeting to not only mitigate injury in the event a crash happens, but most importantly, to stop the crash from occurring.”

The next ASEAN Automobile Safety Forum will be held in Manila with AAP assisting in organizing the forum, Reyes reported.

The ASEAN-NCAP was established in 2011 as part of the region’s response to the United Nations’ Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020. It was organized by the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) and Global New Car Assessment Program (GNCAP) with the support and cooperation of the automobile associations of Malaysia, Singapore, and the Philippines.