Just yesterday, it was reported on the Malay Mail Online that the International Trade and Industry Ministry said in reply to Batu Gajah MP V. Sivakumar that Malaysia’s Proton is on par with other premium car brands like BMW, Volvo, Toyota, and Honda.
The ministry supported this claim by noting that Proton has gained international acclaim when it earned five stars from the Australasian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP) and Asean NCAP.
The ministry explained that Proton’s newer models display “advanced technology, high quality and performance” and even has “features of added value in terms of comfort and safety of passengers”. The ministry listed the features that are usually offered in premium imported cars and said that Proton models too have those same features, such as “whiplash protection headrests”, six airbags, safety belts and ISOFIX fittings for the installation of child safety seats.
According to ANCAP’s website, ANCAP is Australasia’s leading independent vehicle safety advocate and awards vehicles between 1 to 5 stars for the level of safety the vehicle provides in the event of a crash. Only cars that achieve the highest standards in all tests and feature advanced safety technologies (SAT) are awarded with a 5-star rating.
How Are Cars Tested By The ANCAP?
Paultan.org elaborates that the results of the ANCAP crash tests are based on “a frontal offset test conducted at 64km/h, where 40% of the car (on the driver’s side) makes contact with a crushable aluminum barrier at the above speed”.
Two adult dummies are strapped to the front seats of the test car, while an 18-month old and a 3-year old child dummy are in the rear seats, in their respective child restraints.
As shown in the image above, the green coloured areas means a high level of protection, and yellow coloured areas means only a slight chance of serious injury as those areas are not life-threatening.
The Public Has Spoken
Netizens have swiftly responded to the ministry’s statement on several news websites. Images below are ones that are rated as top comments but if you are curious to check out what others are saying, you can go directly to the respective websites.
But one of the funniest comments so far, hands down, goes to this one Facebook user who posted that he supports the minstry’s claim, and proceeded to give detailed reasons for it.
RecomN.com, a website which helps users to find service professionals recommended by the public, has also come up with their own way to support Proton.
But in all seriousness, safety features of vehicles are no laughing matter. Whether Proton cars are on par with other premium imported brands or not, the 5-star rating given by ANCAP, if accurate, is something that all drivers should be thankful for.
(In other news, apparently the Myvi is also just as good as the Maserati, as this article brilliantly points out.