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Same car, different crash test rating? We don’t see that often in the US or Europe, where safety equipment is usually standard across the board regardless of spec, but it’s pretty common in our part of the world, where expectations and regulations vary widely between countries.

Here’s an example. The new Mitsubishi Triton is built in Thailand for ASEAN and Australia, but crash test results from ASEAN NCAP and the Australasian NCAP (ANCAP) differ. The Aussies did theirs in March, and the new Triton scored five stars and 15.22 points (out of 16) for Adult Occupant Protection (AOP) and two stars/48% for Child Occupant Protection (COP).

The ASEAN NCAP crash test for the truck was done in April, with results surfacing last month. Here, the Triton received a four-star rating with 13.56 points out of 16 in AOP, and a similar two-star 48% score in COP.

The difference can be explained by safety kit, with the presumption that the vehicle structure is similar. The Australian-spec Triton that was tested in ANCAP had dual front, side and curtain airbags plus a driver’s knee airbag as standard (seven in total), as well as Electronic Stability Control. This high-spec variant is also available in Thailand, if one ticks the seven-airbag option.

In Malaysia, the latest Triton was launched in May, available in five variants. The top RM108,274 Triton VGT Adventure, like every other variant sold here, gets ABS, EBD and dual front airbags.


Sounds paltry, but range topping versions of the Toyota Hilux, Ford Ranger, Isuzu D-Max and Chevrolet Colorado are also equipped with just two airbags in Malaysia. To compare, ASEAN NCAP scores for the D-Max are 11.87 AOP (four-star) and 71% COP (four-star), while it’s 14.19 AOP (five-star) and 63% COP (three-star) for the Colorado.

“ASEAN NCAP also takes into consideration the test done on the premium variant of Triton model by ANCAP. The benchmarking between the premium variant by ANCAP and the one that ASEAN NCAP tested will provide holistic information to the consumers regarding specifications fitted into the pick-up truck. With the release of this result, consumers are provided with a range of selections to choose from particularly on the safety aspects,” said Khairil Anwar bin Abu Kassim, ASEAN NCAP secretary-general.