The New Car Assessment Programme for Southeast Asian Countries (Asean NCAP) has introduced a new rating system to assess vehicle safety levels,

The new system is a single rating system which consists of three assessments combined to an overall rating – Adult Occupation Protection (AOP), Child Occupant Protection (COP) and Safety Assist Technologies (SATs) with scores of 50%, 25% and 25%, respectively.

The previous system used a dual rating comprised of AOP and COP which produced two final scores, so manufacturers tended to promote higher ratings compared to the lower ones.

Honda is the first manufacturer in the Asean region to undergo the Asean NCAP test using this new system, with the CR-V which achieved a five-star rating, with an overall score of 88.8 points, comprising 47.25 points for AOP, 22.84 points for COP and 18.71 points for SAT.

The CR-V, which was first marketed in the region in April in Thailand, is equipped with dual frontal airbags, three-point seatbelts and seatbelt reminders (SBR) for both driver and passenger as standard, as well as side airbags, curtain airbags, blind spot technology and driver attention monitor in most of the Asean market, along with electronic stability control (ESC), anti-lock braking system (ABS) and Isofix.

In this year’s model, the Honda Sensing technology was introduced, which comprises of the lane keeping assist system (LKAS), road departure mitigation (RDM), adaptive cruise control (ACC) and collision mitigation braking system (CMBS), and is only available in the top variant.

Asean NCAP chairman Prof Dr Wong Shaw Voon said the five-star result obtained by the CR-V shows manufacturers are dedicated to produce safer cars for the Asean region.

“Furthermore, the Honda CR-V’s result will be a catalyst for other vehicles to produce safer cars for this region.

“Although Honda Sensing is currently only available in the top range variant, we look forward to have it standard across all variants in the coming future,” he said.

The 2014 Honda CR-V was previously tested under the 2012-2016 protocol, and received a five-star rating for the variant with both ESC and dual frontal SBR while four-star rating for the variant without ESC.


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