ASEAN-NCAP to award safest cars in the region this year

Updated Jan 21, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

It was moved this year due to COVID-19.

The ASEAN-NCAP Grand Prix Award is a biannual event for the New Car Assessment Program for Southeast Asian Countries (ASEAN NCAP). It is organized by ASEAN-NCAP to recognize and award some of the safest cars that made a mark in the Southeast Asian automotive market.

The first ASEAN-NCAP Grand Prix Award was held in 2014 in Kuching, Sarawak. It was followed in 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and the third ceremony was held in Karawang, Indonesia in 2018. Initially, the fourth ASEAN-NCAP Grand Prix Award was supposed to be held last year but was moved to February 16, 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

4th ASEAN NCAP Grand Prix

The event was moved this February due to the pandemic

Last ASEAN-NCAP Grand Prix Award in 2018, the Hyundai IONIQ Hybrid won the Best Safety Performance award, competing against the likes of Toyota C-HR and Honda CR-V. Meanwhile, Toyota vehicles such as the Vios and Rush bagged the Continuous Safety Improvement award.

With the continuous advancement of safety technologies, whether in driver assistance systems or more rigid structures, it’s hard to predict which models will end up at the top of the fourth ASEAN-NCAP Grand Prix Award. As such, witnessing a five star-rating from newer models is not uncommon these days.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV ASEAN-NCAP crash test

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV got a 5-star rating from ASEAN-NCAP last year

We could be seeing the new 2021 Isuzu mu-X in the final list as it recently bagged a five-star rating from ASEAN-NCAP with a final score of 86.81 out of 100. The emerging MG ZS subcompact crossover also received a five-star rating from ASEAN-NCAP with an overall score of 81.00 out of 100.

ASEAN-NCAP is calling all car manufacturers to submit nominations of their respective models so they can be eligible for the upcoming award event. The deadline for the submission of nominations is on January 22, 2021.

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Rex Sanchez

Rex Sanchez


Rex started off his career in the aviation industry before entering Philkotse as a staff writer. Two things excite him the most: first is staying up to speed with the latest news in the industry that uses engines as their heart and soul. The second is imparting them in a well-detailed manner. His passion for anything with wheels started when he was young – from Tamiyas to family-friendly sedans, and anything in between.

Someday, Rex only wishes to drive on random highways with friends in a third-gen Mitsubishi Delica with aftermarket sunroofs, if he couldn’t get the Starwagon Super Exceed edition.

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