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Chinese cars have had a bad reputation when it comes to safety, but this could quickly turn as a first car from a brand headquartered in China achieved a five stars safety rating.
Qoros’ first production vehicle, the compact (C-segment) Qoros 3 Sedan, has been awarded the maximum five-star rating in the Euro NCAP (New Car Assessment Program) crash tests.
Qoros is the first brand headquartered in China to produce a car awarded five stars by Euro NCAP.
The Qoros 3 Sedan scored highly in all four areas of the Euro NCAP tests and the company said it has the best overall performance of all vehicles assessed so far in 2013, placing it amongst the very best ever tested by Euro NCAP.
The Euro NCAP test procedure is an accredited benchmark for vehicle accident safety and is recognized by governments, automobile clubs and consumer associations across Europe.
The Qoros 3 Sedan scored the best result for Adult Occupant Protection in Euro NCAP’s 2013 program so far. The safety passenger cell of the Qoros 3 Sedan proved to be extremely robust in front-end, side impact and pole impact collisions.
Qoros stated the body and structure of the car are designed to minimize the exposure of passengers to risks in the event of collisions, with the forces on the vehicle diverted along predefined load paths and absorbed by generously-sized deformation zones. As the potentially huge impact energy generated in a collision is largely dissipated, the integrity of the passenger cell is maintained.
The comprehensive suite of standard passive safety equipment (designed to keep occupants safe in the event of an accident) provides the driver and passengers, irrespective of their size and seating position, with maximum protection against injury. These include front and side airbags, side head curtain airbags for the front and rear seats, three-point automatic seat belts on all seats and dual belt tensioners for front passengers. In the event of a rear-end collision, the front seat headrests are designed to reduce the risk of whiplash injuries.
Child safety is also a major consideration for Qoros, with ISOFIX child seat anchorages in the rear, with top tether hooks, and a passenger airbag disconnect switch for the front passenger seat position.
The Qoros 3 Sedan also scored maximum points for child restraint in the front and side crash tests. A new addition to this year’s Euro NCAP procedure assesses the vehicle’s compatibility with a wide range of child seats. The company said the Qoros 3 Sedan excelled, proving to be compatible with the full range of the Euro NCAP top pick child seats.
Qoros’ first production car also achieved an impressive result in the Pedestrian protection test; Qoros attributes this to a development program that included meticulous work with Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE).
“The 2013 Euro NCAP protocol demands very accurate computer simulations when calculating the Pedestrian protection performance,” said Andy Piper, Chief Engineer of Vehicle Safety and Homologation. “As industry standard pedestrian models were not sophisticated enough for this purpose, Qoros’ expert safety team developed its own models. The outcome is that we are proud to have developed one of the best Pedestrian protection systems ever assessed by Euro NCAP without any compromise to our distinctive styling or our class leading aerodynamics performance.”
The newly revised Euro NCAP test criteria includes an assessment of a vehicle’s active Safety Assistance Systems (those designed to help prevent accidents) and here, too, the Qoros 3 Sedan recorded an excellent result. The sedan is equipped as standard with ABS (Antilock Braking System), ESP (Dynamic Stability Control / Electronic Stability Program), EBA (Electronic Brake Assist), Braking Control System , seat belt reminders for all occupants and a driver-set speed limiting device to help motorists observe speed limits.
The Euro NCAP test results were as follow:
Adult Occupant: 95%
Child Occupant: 87%
Safety Assistance Systems: 81%
Overall result: 88% = Five stars
The Qoros 3 Sedan is due to be launched in China imminently, with first European sales following later in the year. A hybrid version is expected in the near future.