Another update on the announcement of ASEAN NCAP Phase III results – it will be announced on May 5 at the 2014 Global NCAP Annual Forum being held in Melbourne. The test results were originally due to be released in Bangkok at the end of March, but was later pushed to end-April or early May.
The original plan to held the event (Open Day III) in Bangkok was cancelled due to Thailand’s political situation, and ASEAN NCAP chose not to go with the Plan B venue, which was Malaysia.
Phase III evaluation will include the testing of pickups as well as models from various origins (OEMs from India, China and France). Left-hand drive (LHD) cars will be evaluated for the first time.
A total of 11 models, with two models in both lowest and premium versions, are due to be evaluated, making for a total of 13 results to be announced at the end of Phase III testing.
On the road-map front, the conclusion of phase testing (the pilot stage is divided into three phases) means that the agency will now operate like other NCAP organisations, in which testing and the release of results are routinely carried out.