The ASEAN NCAP has released the crash test results for the Indonesian-spec Renault Kwid which is made in India. The model received an overall score of 24.68 points from three categories and was rated a zero-star car by the safety rating program.
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The Renault Kwid scored 10.12 points in terms of Adult Occupant Protection (AOP) and 14.56 points in the Child Occupant Protection (COP) category. The lack of any Safety Assist Technologies (SAT) meant that the Kwid got a blank against this category. The tested hatchback had a single driver’s side airbag only.
The ASEAN NCAP’s SAT category includes ratings for the presence of ABS, ESC, seatbelt reminders, blind-spot assistance tech, autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning and forward collision warning systems, all of which remain absent in the Kwid.
Commenting on the disappointing result, Global NCAP Secretary-General, Mr David Ward called out Renault’s double standards and questioned its decision to sell structurally inferior versions of the Kwid in South East Asia compared to Latin America where the hatchback received 3/5 stars.
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ASEAN NCAP Secretary-General, Dr Khairil Anwar Abu Kassim said:
What is more disappointing is that these cars are sold in countries that recorded one of the highest numbers of road fatalities; in which WHO published Thailand with 14,059 fatalities while Indonesia had 26,416 number of road fatalities.
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Renault Kwid has performed poorly in crash tests in the past. Results published by Global NCAP in May 2016 awarded the car a zero star rating. However, a re-test in September helped the Kwid improve its score to 1.5 stars.
It is reported that Renault will make further tweaks to the Kwid and the company in considering a comprehensive safety package upgrade with the Kwid facelift that is expected to arrive in 2019.
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