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First Chinese candidate to take the Euro NCAP test

By SYF77 on 07 Dec 2010

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In its latest crash test, Euro NCAP tested a China made vehicle for the first time, the Landwind CV9. Although the Chinese maker claims it has revamped the car to meet the strictest European safety standards, the mid-sized MPV only managed a two star rating.

However, Euro NCAP noted that the CV9 came close to meeting the three star threshold for adult protection, hence there is still hope.Dr. Michiel van Ratingen, Euro NCAP's Secretary General, commented:

"It is clear that vehicles from China, India and other emerging countries will in the next few years become commonplace on European roads. Euro NCAP will ensure that consumers know what levels of safety are offered by these vehicles. By highlighting differences in safety performance, we aim to drive the safety of all cars towards and beyond the high levels we see from more well established manufacturers. We are confident that Landwind and others will rise to this challenge".

In 2005, Landwind tried to attract European buyers with the X6 SUV, based on Isuzu Rodeo/Opel Frontera underpinnings. However, it failed miserably after ADAC conducted a crash test and rated it with zero stars. For non-European reader’s information, ADAC stands for Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club e.V and is Germany's and Europe's largest automobile club with more than 17 million members as of June 2010.

Euro NCAP pointed out that side airbags, increased head protection and electronic stability control would have helped it achieve a better score. The test vehicles were early examples of Euro-spec models, as Lanwind plans to officially launch the CV9 in early 2011. In my opinion, Landwind’s poor results doesn’t come as much as a surprise as compared to Jaguar XF’s four star rating in my other post.

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I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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