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.
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.
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.
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 2021
The entry of the Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. to the executive sedan segment is the Honda Accord. The current Honda Accord is in its 10th generation. It features sharper-looking LED headlights, restyled grille, LED multi-projector lamps, revamped front bumper, and C-shaped LED taillights. Overall, the current Honda Accord has a sportier design execution. The instrument cluster receives a full-color TFT display along with improved resolution to accommodate Honda Sensing – the newest addition to the current-generation Honda Accord. Honda Sensing is the brand’s newly-introduced suite of safety features that includes the utilization of radar technology to assist the driver. Honda Sensing comes with the following car technologies: road departure mitigation, low-speed follow, adaptive cruise control, lane keeps assist system, collision mitigation braking system, lane departure warning, and forward-collision warning. With the help of the new safety technology, the latest Honda Accord is presently the safest version of the model. Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. offers the Honda Accord with a single variant only – the Honda Accord 1.5 EL Turbo CVT (with Honda Sensing) priced at Php 2,288,000. The Honda Accord's power comes from the 1.5L Earth Dreams Technology DOHC 16-valve VTEC Turbo engine that produces 187 horsepower and 260 Newton-meter. It is the upgraded version of the engine used in the Honda Civic RS Turbo.
Joseph Paolo Estabillo