There was a time when Chinese cars were mocked for their poor crash test score in Euro NCAP tests, but hardly 5 years later they began to impress European safety authorities when Geely Emgrand EC7 along with MG6 scored 4 star result in Euro NCAP crash tests. Even last year, the Lynk & Co 01 and Nio ES8 secured full 5-stars in the Euro NCAP crash tests.
And now its another feather in the cap for Chinese cars’ safety standards as ORA Funky Cat (Good Cat in China), and WEY Coffee 01 (Mocha in China) received the highest rating in the latest round of Euro NCAP crash tests. Both ORA and WEY are sub-brands under the umbrella of Great Wall Motors (GWM), the makers of Haval cars.
ORA Funky Cat scored 92% in the Adult Occupant category and 83% in the Child Occupant category. It also scored 74% of the Vulnerable Road Users, while its highest rating at 93% came from the Safety Assist segment. On the other hand, the WEY Coffee 01 achieved 91% and 87% in the Adult and Child Occupant categories respectively. For the Vulnerable Road Users segment, it scored 79%, while it bagged 94% in the Safety Assist class.
Commenting on the 5-star score, Matthew Avery, Chief Research Strategy Officer for NCAP partner Thatcham, said:
“The Funky Cat and Wey Coffee 01 were both impressive in terms of the protection offered to occupants should an accident occur. This is comforting news for those who were concerned that an influx of new market entrants from China might bring the safety standard down.”
Euro NCAP’s Secretary General, Michiel van Ratingen, says:
“We’ve seen good results from some Chinese manufacturers in the past, but also some very poor ones. This year, Euro NCAP will test more Chinese cars than it has ever done and Great Wall really sets the standard for others to follow.”
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