ASEAN NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme) today announced its assessments of two new models in the Malaysian market – the Perodua Aruz and Toyota Camry – both of which received the maximum overall score of 5 stars. The models were tested in April 2018 and December 2018, respectively.
For the new Perodua SUV, ASEAN NCAP said its assessment was based on the documentation provided by Perodua with regards to the safety features of the model and, as it shares the same platform with the latest Toyota Rush, the rating for the Toyota model was also awarded to the Aruz.
Besides a good score in crash tests, the model also has additional safety assist technologies such as Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) City and Forward Collision Warning System in its Advanced Safety Assist (A.S.A) 2.0 package. Thus, the accumulated score from the other assessed categories made the SUV eligible for the 5-star rating.
The 8th generation Toyota Camry, launched at the KL International Motor Show last November, had an overall score of 91.47 points (out of 100) which placed it in the 5-star range. ASEAN NCAP said that it had an outstanding score for its Adult Occupant Protection (AOP) and for Child Occupant Protection (COP), the Camry scored full points in both frontal and side impact tests.
The latest Camry generation also received 5-star ratings from NCAPs in Japan and Australia, as well as from the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) which also conducts and rates motor vehicle safety.
All the recent models introduced in Malaysia by UMW Toyota Motor have scored 5 stars, reflecting Toyota’s prioritisation of safety. Where ASEAN models once were slow in getting advanced safety features due to cost considerations, the manufacturer is now willing to include systems such as blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, autonomous emergency braking and up to 7 airbags.
At today’s announcement of the test results of the two models, ASEAN NCAP also announced its Labelling Compliance Guidelines for Malaysia. The guidelines aim to provide guidance to related parties who are involved in the sale of passenger vehicles in this country. Malaysia is the second country in South East Asia after Brunei that implements safety labelling for vehicles displayed in showrooms or at promotional activities in places such as hypermarkets or shopping centres. The safety labelling will provide information to consumers on the safety level of the model, based on ASEAN NCAP’s ratings.
Besides preventing misuse of NCAP logos from other regions/countries that might confuse consumers, the guidelines also aim to ensure that consumers are aware of differences in safety standards for models sold in other countries which may differ from those produced for the Malaysian market.