New sa­fe­ty a­ward for SA in­du­stry

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Fol­lo­wing the an­noun­ce­ment of the Sa­fer C­hoi­ce In­dia A­ward at the Del­hi mo­tor show, Glo­bal NCAP is now laun­ching the Sa­fer C­hoi­ce A­fri­ca A­ward to en­coura­ge au­to­ma­kers to a­chie­ve the hig­hest le­vels of sa­fe­ty per­for­man­ce.

In No­vem­ber 2017, the first in­de­pen­dent crash test re­sults for cars sold in A­fri­ca we­re re­le­a­sed by Glo­bal NCAP at a con­fe­ren­ce in Ca­pe To­wn, hos­ted with the Au­to­mo­bi­le As­so­ci­a­ti­on of South A­fri­ca (AA).

The crash re­sults of the fi­ve cars tes­ted sho­wed a wi­de ran­ge of sa­fe­ty per­for­man­ce, from four to ze­ro stars for a­dult pro­tecti­on, with the lo­west ra­tings in­di­ca­ting a high pro­ba­bi­li­ty of li­fe-thre­a­tening in­ju­ry in a crash.

To en­coura­ge ma­nu­fac­tu­rers to quick­ly im­pro­ve the sa­fe­ty le­vels of cars sold in the re­gi­on, Glo­bal NCAP is now look­ing to be­stow the pres­ti­gi­ous ac­co­la­de of A­fri­ca’s first fi­ve-star car through the Sa­fer C­hoi­ce A­fri­ca A­ward.

To qua­li­fy for a Glo­bal NCAP Sa­fer C­hoi­ce A­ward in A­fri­ca and In­dia, a car mo­del must a­chie­ve all of the fol­lo­wing re­qui­re­ments:

● The mo­del must a­chie­ve a 5-star sco­re for a­dult occu­pant pro­tecti­on in ac­cor­dan­ce with the la­test ver­si­on of the Glo­bal NCAP New Mar­ket Test pro­to­col.

● The mo­del must a­chie­ve at le­ast a 4-star re­sult in child occu­pant pro­tecti­on in ac­cor­dan­ce with the la­test ver­si­on of the Glo­bal NCAP New Mar­ket Test pro­to­col.

● The mo­del must of­fer e­lec­tro­nic sta­bi­li­ty con­t­rol (ESC) and meet per­for­man­ce re­qui­re­ments ac­cor­ding to U­ni­ted Na­ti­ons Re­gu­la­ti­ons UN13H, UN140 or GTR9. W­he­re op­ti­o­nal, ESC must be a­vai­la­ble on all the mo­del va­ri­ants, sold se­pa­ra­te­ly wit­hout any “bund­ling” with ot­her fe­a­tu­res, and two y­e­ars from now must be a stan­dard fit to at le­ast 20% of the sa­les vo­lu­me in the coun­try.

● The mo­del must meet pe­de­stri­an pro­tecti­on re­qui­re­ments ac­cor­ding to U­ni­ted Na­ti­ons Re­gu­la­ti­ons UN127 or GTR9, which must be va­li­da­ted on mar­ket u­nits at a Glo­bal NCAP de­sig­na­ted tes­ting la­bo­ra­to­ry.

● Con­for­mi­ty with all of the­se re­qui­re­ments must be va­li­da­ted at a Glo­bal NCAP de­sig­na­ted la­bo­ra­to­ry and by the pro­vi­si­on of ty­pe ap­pro­val cer­ti­fi­ca­tes w­he­re ap­pli­ca­ble.

Da­vid Ward, Glo­bal NCAP se­cre­ta­ry ge­ne­ral, says their Sa­fer C­hoi­ce In­dia A­ward was wel­co­med by ma­nu­fac­tu­rers and con­su­mers a­li­ke. “Now we would li­ke to en­coura­ge the A­fri­can au­to­mo­bi­le mar­ket to re­spond to the call for ze­ro-star cars to be dri­ven off A­fri­ca’s ro­ads and we very much look for­ward to the first au­to­ma­ker in A­fri­ca to a­chie­ve the ac­co­la­de of fi­ve-star ‘Sa­fer C­hoi­ce’ per­for­man­ce.”

Col­lins K­hu­ma­lo, CEO of the AA, con­curs. “T­his a­ward will be a u­ni­que op­por­tu­ni­ty for car ma­nu­fac­tu­res and im­por­ters in A­fri­ca to high­lig­ht and mar­ket their com­mit­ment to vehi­cle sa­fe­ty and ro­ad sa­fe­ty on the con­ti­nent. It will al­so al­low them to ma­ke sa­fer cars a­vai­la­ble to con­su­mers. We are thril­led to part­ner with Glo­bal NCAP on t­his im­por­tant a­ward.”

P­ho­to: Mick Ker­ford

From left are Col­lins K­hu­ma­lo, CEO of AA South A­fri­ca; Da­vid Ward, se­cre­ta­ry ge­ne­ral of Glo­bal NCAP; and Ve­ro­na Beckles, NCAP bo­ard trus­tee, at the lo­cal launch in No­vem­ber 2017 in Ca­pe To­wn.

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