Car safety technology has evolved so much in recent years that it can no longer be reduced to airbags and solid structures.
Euro NCAP sees it so clearly that its stars are no longer controlled by good results in crash tests alone, now it also assesses child protection, driving assistance and pedestrian protection.
Take for example the Dacia Logan which is imported to several Latin American countries (in Argentina it has already been announced that manufacturing has ceased). His rating for adult protection was 70%, but in the final evaluation he received only four of the most popular stars. The reason? The Logan (for Europe) has a good anti-collision system but does not feel pedestrian, is less safe than the Opel Mokka for fear of being played and does not include a lane keeping assistant in its imported copies.
The “our” log does not include many of the high standard aids, the same happens with brands like Toyota or BMW that do not include emergency autonomous braking or other technologies to avoid accidents in some cases where vehicles are destined for the American market Latin. nor are they worth offering as an option and should reduce their score in the European tests but that is enough for the Latin American ones.
In the end, NCAP’s five – star Euro rating serves as one reference because it also needs good crash results in Europe, although that does not mean that a four – star car is less safe than five – star in our region. ; The rating worth looking at is adult and child protection, which relies more on manufacturing and structural issues than on a variety of equipment.
That way a 0-star car in Europe could get up to four in the tests reserved for Latin America.
What about NCAP Latin?
The evaluations carried out by Latin NCAP are not as complex or as rigorous as those of Euro NCAP, although they have evolved over the years. A high percentage of the stars awarded the NCAP Latin depend on the protection of occupants in the event of an accident, although features such as electronic stability control have also recently been included.
The autonomous emergency brake is not a criterion for the number of stars, but is intended to further recognize high safety. Interestingly, the Latin NCAP stars are not entirely related to the models available for each country.
For example, in December 2021, the Latin NCAP gave ZIA Sportage zero stars. Despite its solid and stable structure, the evaluation model only had front airbags and ABS brakes, which is how it is sold in some South American countries.
Analyzing the model with specifications for Mexico (with six airbags, as well as seat belt alerts and stability control, as well as optional assistance) would yield a much better result.
Finally, it is not absolute to be guided by the number of stars alone to determine whether a car is safe or not. Neither zero stars from Latin NCAP nor five stars from Euro NCAP can tell the whole truth; they serve as a reference, but it must always be contrasted with the security equipment provided in each country.
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