Honda, Toyota get top honors at 2020 ASEAN NCAP Safety Awards

Updated Mar 10, 2022 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

Both brands have consistently met safety standards for Southeast Asia.

Apart from reaching places in style, comfort, and convenience, cars are about safety for everyone on board. Car manufacturers go to great lengths in ensuring that their models protect occupants as much as their price points will allow.

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ASEAN NCAP honors consistent achievers in automotive safety

As far as the New Car Assessment Program for Southeast Asian Countries (ASEAN NCAP) is concerned, automakers Honda and Toyota have been able to meet the bar for safety in their respective markets. It comes as no surprise then that the two brands won big at the 2020 ASEAN NCAP Grand Prix Awards, a biennial event held since 2014.  

Honda’s Accord midsize sedan was the runaway winner, clinching the Best Safety Performance Awards for both adult and child occupant protection, as well as getting the highest overall safety rating in its category. Available locally in its 10th generation, the Honda Accord features the Honda Sensing suite of driver-assist technologies that enhance driver focus on the road.

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The Accord and City brought home top honors for Honda

Meanwhile, the fifth-generation Honda City subcompact sedan earned the ASEAN NCAP Excellent Award - Consistent 5-Star honor. The current iteration is the latest to achieve a 5-star safety rating, a feat that goes as far back as the third generation of the model.

ASEAN NCAP also recognized Toyota’s efforts as well, awarding the Continuous Safety Improvement prize for the current generations of the Corolla Altis compact sedan, Hilux midsize pickup, and Innova MPV.

The carmaker also clinched the Best Safety Performance Award - Safety Assist for the Granvia/Majesty (known on our shores as the HiAce Super Grandia), while also being honored as the brand with the most 5-star ratings from 2019 to 2020.

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Toyota Innova

Toyota also received honors for several models, including the Innova

Other Japanese carmakers that were recognized are Isuzu, which received the Continuous Safety Improvement Award for its D-Max pickup, and Mitsubishi with the Most Viewed ASEAN NCAP YouTube video for its Xpander MPV.

“Over the years we saw great efforts have been put forward by vehicle manufacturers to ensure their vehicles are offered with the best safety features for the road users,” said Adjunct Professor Ir. Ts. Dr. Khairil Anwar Abu Kassim, Secretary-General and Acting Chairman for ASEAN NCAP.

“We would like to recognize not only vehicle models but also organizations or individuals who have word hand-in-hand with ASEAN NCAP and continuously strived to ensure the significance of vehicle safety.”

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Know more about Honda Accord 2023

Honda Accord

The Honda Accord 2023 is the Japanese marque's entry to the midsize sedan segment, which is now on its 10th-generation version. It is offered in the Philippines under one variant only named the EL Turbo CVT Honda Sensing, Accord 2023 Philippines priced at Php 2,350,000. Powering this executive sedan is a 1.5-liter Earth Dreams Technology DOHC 16-valve VTEC turbo engine that delivers 187 horsepower and 260 Nm of torque. This power unit is connected to an Earth Dreams Technology Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) as standard.

When it comes to the dimensions, the Accord is 4,901 mm long, 1,862 mm wide, and 1,450 mm high, with ground clearance and wheelbase rated at 131 mm and 2,830 mm, respectively. In the local market, this Japanese midsize sedan competes against the likes of the Toyota Camry, Mazda6, and Volkswagen Lamando.


Joseph Paolo Estabillo

Joseph Paolo Estabillo


Joseph holds a degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines Diliman and has been writing professionally since 1999. He has written episodes for CNN Philippines' motoring show Drive, and has worked on corporate projects for MG Philippines and Pilipinas Shell. Aside from being’s Content Lead, he also writes content for numerous car dealerships in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Maserati, among others.


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