ASEAN NCAP held a Grand Prix Awards 2014 last week to commemorate the crash test results of the cars involved in the ASEAN NCAP assessment program since its first testing. The awards also featured segments for safety technology (OEM and car maker category), media contribution and appreciation awards to organizations and individuals involved in the ASEAN NCAP committee.

The cars are divided into seven categories for these categories, according to body style and for hatchbacks and sedans – kerb weight. Here is the list of the awards recipients.

Best Child Occupant Protection (COP)
Mini Car: Kia Picanto
Small Family: Volkswagen Polo
Medium Family: Honda Civic
Large Family: Toyota Prius
MPV: Perodua Alza
SUV: Honda CR-V
Pickup: Isuzu D-MAX
Best Overall COP: Toyota Prius

Best Adult Occupant Protection (AOP)
Mini Car: Mitsubishi Mirage
Small Family: Honda City (2014)
Medium Family: Proton Prevé
Large Family: Toyota Prius
MPV: Toyota Avanza
SUV: Honda CR-V
Pickup: Chevrolet Colorado
Best Overall COP: Honda City (2014)

Safety Technology Award
Car Maker Category: Honda LaneWatch
OEM Category: Bosch Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
Academician: No Winner

The nominees for the awards above consist of cars crash tested by ASEAN NCAP based on crash test performance. The next round of awards will be in 2016 – hopefully more Malaysian or ASEAN market cars will have been crash tested by then so we’ll be able to see award winners picked from a larger pool of nominees. The Prius ended up in the Large Family category because of its kerb weight of over 1,400kg.

ASEAN NCAP Chairman, Prof. Dr. Wong Shaw Voon said, “I’m very indebted to all parties who has helped MIROS and realized our NCAP dream so far. It started with a small effort with outdoor crash testing, the paper-based star-rating evaluation in MyVAP (Malaysian Vehicle Assessment Program) and today we managed to have the NCAP not only for Malaysia but also for the benefit of the ASEAN region. I’m also indebted to the government of Malaysia for putting the trust on us, MIROS and ASEAN NCAP, to introduce this kind of intervention in road safety with both financial and technical support.”

ASEAN NCAP Secretary-General, Mr. Khairil Anwar Abu Kassim, added, “We hope ASEAN NCAP will grow stronger and be one of the influential platforms for car safety as well as for road safety as a whole. I’m looking forward for healthy competition among the manufacturers to produce safer cars with commendable safety standard. I personally looking forward for a 5-Star car with an affordable price in the region, and perhaps with only one or two variants per model for ASEAN region with safety not being compromised. We will see the result in the next Grand Prix two years from now.”