The first Chinese model to be officially tested by Euro NCAP has received a two star rating.
The Landwind CV9 mid-sized MPV is from the firm that made headlines back in 2005 when its X6 SUV scored zero stars in Euro NCAP-style German ADAC safety tests, revealing that the driver wouldn’t survive a head-on collision at 40mph. The X6’s airbags were also deemed useless and the cabin collapsed on impact.
The firm states the CV9 “has been revamped to meet the strictest European safety standards”. Although it’s improved on its 2005 performance, Landwind’s latest model offering was described by Euro NCAP as being “poorly equipped, lacking a side-protection airbag, a head-protection device and electronic stability control”.
Euro NCAP did however say CV9 came close to a three-star rating for its adult occupant protection, but was awarded two stars for its overall performance.
Dr Michiel van Ratingen, Euro NCAP’s secretary general, said: "It is clear that vehicles from China, India and other emerging countries will in the next few years become commonplace on European roads. Euro NCAP will ensure that consumers know what levels of safety are offered by these vehicles.
“By highlighting differences in safety performance, we aim to drive the safety of all cars towards and beyond the high levels we see from more well-established manufacturers. We are confident that Landwind and others will rise to this challenge."
Another notable result from the 14 cars tested by Euro NCAP was the four star award given to the Jaguar XF. A five star rating is the norm in the executive saloon class, a rating received by the new BMW 5-series and Mercedes E-class models.
Euro NCAP said the XF’s score was limited by its adult and child occupant protection. A statement read: “In the side pole impact of the XF, chest protection was rated as weak and the car’s seat and head restraint provided marginal whiplash protection.”
A Jaguar spokesman told Autocar that the firm was confident the XF offered a high-level of safety protection, and all of its in-house real world scenario crash tests confirmed this. "Crash test performance is important to us and we take it very seriously," said the spokesman. "Everything will be taken on-board; we're looking at how we can incorporate the results into future XFs."
Two other cars tested received four star ratings: the new Nissan Micra and the Volkswagen Amarok pick-up.