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The New Car Assessment Programme for South East Asian Countries (ASEAN NCAP) has released the latest results for the third quarter of 2018, and the cars tested are the MG3 and the Renault Kwid. The former, sold in Thailand, netted a two-star rating, while the Indonesian-market Kwid received zero stars.

We’ll start with the results of the MG3, which scored 19.58 points out of 50 in Adult Occupant Protection (AOP), all of which were contributed by the side impact test. Elsewhere, the car scored 16.03 points out of 25 for Child Occupant Protection (COP) and 13.19 points out of 25 for Safety Assist Technologies (SAT), resulting in a total score of 48.80 out of 100. The Thai-market MG3 comes as standard with dual airbags, ABS, stability control, ISOFIX rear child seat anchors and a driver’s side seat belt reminder.

As for the Renault Kwid, that scored 10.12 points in AOP (this time only through the frontal impact test), 14.56 points in COP and zero points in SAT, resulting in a total score of 24.68. The Kwid is only sold with a driver airbag and doesn’t get ABS, stability control, seat belt reminders or even ISOFIX anchors.

“We are truly disappointed to find that there are still cars out there that do not offer high degree of safety levels to its occupants in the ASEAN region. What is more disappointing is that these cars are sold in countries that recorded some of the highest numbers of road fatalities; in which WHO published Thailand with 14,059 fatalities while Indonesia had 26,416 number of road fatalities.

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“Safer vehicles are one of the main pillars that can contribute to the betterment of road safety in this region. Therefore, we hope there will be positive cooperation from car manufacturers to significantly improve the safety performance of their cars in future,” said ASEAN NCAP secretary-general Khairil Anwar Abu Kassim.

Global NCAP secretary-general David Ward added, “It’s very disturbing to see such a poor result for the Kwid. Renault have shown that they can make a much safer version in Latin America, so why not in South East Asia too? Different regions and double standards from Renault is deeply disappointing!”

The Renault Kwid was a multiple recipient of zero-star ratings in Global NCAP – despite a number of updates to improve its safety performance – before finally securing a one-star rating in September 2016. In response, the French carmaker fitted the small crossover with four airbags and ABS for Brazil.