At this year’s ASEAN NCAP Grand Prix Awards, in conjunction with the Stop the Crash ASEAN 2016 event, national carmakers Proton and Perodua managed to bag a few awards for their respective vehicles.

Beginning with Proton, where the Iriz was awarded the “Most affordable 5-star ASEAN NCAP car in Malaysia,” whereas the Preve was named the “Most affordable 5-star ASEAN NCAP car in Thailand.” Both models come equipped with ESC as standard on all variants, and feature the hot press forming body structure.

Meanwhile, the new Proton Saga received the “Rising Star Award,” with the top-spec Premium 1.3L CVT variant possessing safety features such as ESC, ABS, EBD, traction control, brake assist, hill-hold assist, two airbags and Isofix (with top tether).

“We are truly humbled and very pleased with this recognition. It is a culmination of the tireless efforts by our team in Proton to give the best value to our customers. Proton takes the safety aspects of our customers very seriously and is honoured that our efforts in this area are recognized today,” said Datuk Ahmad Fuaad Kenali, CEO of Proton.

Perodua also took home two awards for its Bezza, securing the “Best Child Occupant Protection (COP)” and “Best Adult Occupant Protection (AOP)” awards for the small family car category.

As a recap, the EEV-certified sedan and Perodua’s first-ever sedan managed to score a respectable 15.38 out of a possible 16 points in the AOP test, and an 85% compliance rating in the Child Occupant Protection (COP) test.

The Bezza comes in five variants, but only the top-of-the-range 1.3L Advance is equipped with Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), traction control and brake assist.