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.