Or at least that’s what we can deduce from the recent crash test performed on Chinese automaker Geely’s CK1 saloon by Latin American NCAP crash tests. They received a zero out of five stars, and driver protection was labeled as “poor for most body regions.” The car has no airbags, as is “standard” for the region apparently, and the NCAP discouraged Geely from simply adding them, stating that the structural weakness of the car was such that they wouldn’t do any good anyway.
We might brush this one off as just another Chinese export with quality control issues, but unfortunately Geely just purchased Swedish giant Volvo from Ford last year, and plan to move heavily into the European market ASAP. There are some encouraging examples of car safety elsewhere in the Chinese auto market (apparently a recent off-road vehicle made by Great Wall Motors scored a 4 in Australia) but so far Geely is only impressive in its failure.
Not sure what a zero looks like exactly? Neither were we (visions of explosion on impact come to mind) so here’s a video of Geely’s European test for it’s Otaka a few years ago. The caption says “90% chance to die.” For those of you without a VPN, just imagine a crushed beer can, or maybe the trash compactor from A New Hope.
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