• Sep 13, 2007
Following its utterly calamitous performance in crash tests conducted by Germany's ADAC, Chinese automaker Brilliance said that it would work with the German body to improve the car's safety. To be honest, we don't know if any such changes have been designed or implemented yet, but apparently, Brilliance has done something.

According to a wire report carried by Forbes.com, the Brilliance BS6 has been tested by Spain's Idiada Automotive Technologies SA. Unlike the test in Germany earlier this summer, the Brilliance garnered a 3-star rating as it passed the test performed in accordance with Euro NCAP guidelines. According to Brilliance, that's the best rating ever for a Chinese car tested under the European standards. According to the report, Brilliance plans on using this test success to drum up business in Europe and the US. Unfortunately, we haven't come across any photos or video of the Spanish test yet. If and when we do, we'll post them so you can compare them to the ADAC test the car failed earlier in the summer.

[Source: AFX News via Forbes.com]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      The crash test footage is horrifing.
      What's worse are the children dummies in the back seat.
      It makes me think of a family driving home when all of a sudden the parents or at least the driver is crushed.
      There's nothing Brilliant about this car and the SUV's are just as bad.
      This company needs to clean up it's act, they are doing nothing for the image of car companies in China.
      A blight to the country.
        • 7 Years Ago
        That's a sick horrible thought that never came to me.
        Wow, I hope potential consumers are like minded to your line of thinking.
        Thanks for the input.
        • 7 Years Ago
        My concern is this vehicle was modified to pass the ENCAP tests but future exports of this vehicle will not have the modifications in place. It's like not passing the crash test due to lack of airbags, installing them to pass the tests, and when other cars are exported they don't have the airbags.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I question if the tested car was a real production change or just something temporary to get the certification.
      This opinion is based upon knowing what was done with the wheat gluten from the pet food. In the case of the food, the glycerol was added in order to make the protein found in testing seem higher. They rigged the product in order to pass the test.

      Now, are all Chinese manufacturers the same? No. But the wheat gluten is one of at least six scandals going on right now that all have a similar vein.

      I don't trust these results. And I don't trust that future manufacturing changes won't be made after the a certification is given. (If certification is awarded.)


      • 7 Years Ago
      I wonder if the lead paint check was done on the Chinese cars.Or other harmful chemicals they put into exported products.
        • 7 Years Ago
        It may have lead. It's old house paint from the states.
        • 7 Years Ago
        so don't let your children to lick it. simple. ;]
      • 7 Years Ago


      It's absolutely astounding how the threat of a Chinese government firing squad can improve product safety ;-)
      • 7 Years Ago
      That's what crash test are for.

      You fail the crash test, you go back and reinforce it.

      I am sure Chinese built cars are not the only ones who fails a crash test.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If the European Community had any self-respect, they'd question this amazing turn-around from Brilliance. Such an anomaly should be scrutinized and be possibly deemed as suspect. Knowing how under-handed those Chicoms are, they probably placed a bunch of the recalled, lead-based painted toys in the crumple zones.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't believe this for a second. On one hand we have Germany showing us pictures of the Brillance' engine bay sitting on top of the driver. On the other we have Spain saying it did just fine, but no pictures or films, wonder why? Everything is for sale, magazine endorsements, (i.e. motortrend favoring the hyundai whatever over the Lexus RX350. Hyundai over Lexus?) crash test ratings, whatever. I don't believe it for a second.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Well, Spaniards are not known for their reliability and their ability to work so I would take those tests with a grain of salt. Besides, this thing looks like a copy of Daewoo Nubira. Chinese are getting worse and worse at who they choose to copy. One thing to copy Germans but another to copy Koreans who copy others themselves.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @Pelagius, if you haven't noticed, the falling dollar is nothing else than a speculation by US government, they are at war with Iraq now, they have large debt mainly with China, I don't think that a strong dollar would be very wise right now. From all the countries in the world, I would say that US banking system/federal reserve knows what they are doing with the dollar and as long as they have 50% of worlds gold reserve, over the long run they will be fine.

        If anything, I would be worried about Eu because their population is aging big time, population growth is at minimal, and the socialistic taxes are rising, so pound for pound, dollar for dollar, I'll still be able to buy more with US dollar on US soil than you in France with Euro, or UK with pound. Exchange rates only matter to speculation and immigrants, to average American citizen it means nothing as $1 = $1 in USA. If anything, European manufactured goods prices are increasing, making it less and less competitive with US goods and thats a huge loss of EU as USA is the worlds largest economy.

        And as far as Bush is concerned, we only have to bare with him for over a year. After that I don't think we will select a bigger idiot than him in next years election as I don't think thats possible.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Molotov, do you really think that the Chinese would be able to redesign their car in about 2-3 months (the German test was done approximately that long ago) to redo the testing? I think that most high-end companies would have trouble redesigning the structure of a car in 2-3 months and yet the Chinese miraculously were able to pull it off :::rolls eyes:::
        • 7 Years Ago
        Well, I suppose that´s like saying that americans are not known by their ability to elect a reasonabily intelligent person as their head of state, and their unability to keep their economy and currency value remotely competitive to that of the leading economies in the world (like the EU, to which spain belongs). Pure cliche, isn´t it?.
        Cheers.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @ello
        Actually you are very wrong in regards to the population of the European Union. Because the EU recently expanded to encompass most of central and eastern Europe the demographics changed dramatically. And then there's also the tax incentive programmes like that in France - giving a major boost to child births! In fact France has turned the tide with it's programme. Besides we have all of Russia and the former Soviets coming in - plenty of cheap, white young workers!
        Our major currency, the Euro, is worth far more than the US dollar because Europe has a larger economy than the US! And just within the EU we have a market of over 450 million people (versus your 300 m).
        The latest OECD report found that Europeans work less, but more effectively, earning more money than the average US citizen thus compensating for any purchasing power differences. We also enjoy a minimum of four (4) weeks legally required holiday time.
        As for your claims of socialism: the majority of representatives in the European Parliament are Conservative. The socialists died with the Soviet Union. And the "socialist" tag is so wrong - it just goes to show you know nothing about European countries. The US has had "socialist" programmes since New Deal. Get over it.
        As for taxes - most Americans tend to repeat that old myth that Europeans pay high taxes. Because we have 47 countries some will have high taxation, some very low. Living in one with high taxation, I actually know that US taxes are not that low in sum compared with ours. But then again we have free schools, healthcare and pensions etc.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Well, I'm spanish, and I agree we are not the best when it comes to engineering and manufacturing, but this is Europe, and we have the same security standards as Germany or England. So if that piece of crap got a 3 star rating, it's because it deserved it, somehow. ;-)

        And off topic: Why most of you americans think we are some kind of third world country in the southern border of Mexico? It's a European country, and we are the 9th wealthiest nation in the world! It's like saying that you are English or Australian because you speak the same language.

        Please forgive my English ;-)
        • 7 Years Ago
        @Andrew, Euro is a speculative currency, it is not based upon any natural resouce such as gold or oil (like US dollar). Euro is not used in whole of European Union, countries such as Germany and Italy (they were thinking of holding a referendum to bring back the mark and lira) already regret switching it's currency to Euro as all it did was increase prices of goods while base salaries didn't budge a whole lot. US dollar is still the international currency of choice, it is more widely used than Euro.

        Current Euro is higher than dollar simply because US wants the dollar to be low, not because the Euro has such a high value. When Euro was first introduced, at the very beginning it was higher valued than the dollar but then for few years dollar was much higher than the Euro, now the Euro is higher than dollar, it's economic speculation. Also, corelated to current status of dollar is the big US debt caused by Iraq and Afghanistan conflict. Remember that before US got involved in warfare with those two countries, dollar held a higher value than Euro.

        And Russia will never join the EU simply because they have the EU by it's balls with it's huge assortment of natural resources which EU will depend on in near future. So Russia won't need EU as much as EU will need Russia, and the countries from the eastern block are not the solution for the aging population of EU because those countries also have almost zero population growth rate and if anything they are a burden on EU because EU needs to invest a whole lot more in to them then they are receiving back.

        And not all EU countries want to use the Euro currency because as mentioned, most of the early adopters regret it. And last but not least, EU will never equal to USA simply because of the historic and cultural reasons, there will always be some kind of discrepancy between countries. Look at what is happening between Poland and Germany.

        And USA still has higher GDP per capita than most European countries excluding maybe Ireland and Norway (which is not a part of EU). USA also has richer natural resources but because of it's politics it depends on other countries when in fact it has plenty of oil on it's own soil.

        And I know so much about both continents because I am originally from Europe but currently live in USA and to tell you the truth US doesn'thave the culture, history, architecture of Europe which I miss but there is no better country in the world to make money than USA. Europe is nice for vacation but when it all comes down to business I would rather stick in US.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's only a matter of time. The Chinese will adapt and build vehicles capable of meeting all crash testing standards ... then their value will launch them into higher sales number echelons.

      It's unavoidable no matter the present hatred.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I shall never own a Chinese knockoff car. And you can quote me on that. I would rather drive a Lada than a Chinese car. And that's saying alot.
        • 7 Years Ago
        "I shall never own a Chinese knockoff car. And you can quote me on that. I would rather drive a Lada than a Chinese car. And that's saying alot."

        Thats what everyone said about Japanese cars too, then they said the same thing about driving a Hyundai too which by the way had their share or knock offs as well like the old Kia Amanti which is a mix of Jag S-Type and Mercedes E-Class.

        See a pattern here?
      • 7 Years Ago
      why don't you post the FORD RANGER crash tests that do equally bad? ??????? ? ? ?? ??????? ? ? ??????????????? ???????? ? ? ? ?????????? ? ???????? ? ? ? ? ???????????? ? ??????????? ? ??? ? ? you mock others for being Japanese car biased yet if dozens of American cars do just as bad as that cheap chinese POS, you say nothing... hum... wonder who's REALLY BIASED???? I know wonder.. I know.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I agree that anything coming out of Spain is suspect since the Spanish rolled over and played dead after the terrorist bombing of their trains a few years ago. No guts - no glory.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Oh, God. I won't even bother to answer that ignorant statement. Enjoy your glory while your soldiers try to keep their guts inside their bodies.

        And again, forgive my english.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Typical American. It's comments like that which make them so well respected. I guy like this would never understand why he would be spit on if he ever dared to see the rest of the world. He will never understand that his statement reflects on ALL Americans.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Holbach-

        DO NOT use our soldiers as a comeback for a bad comment, ever! That is just as bad as the original comment and completly distasteful.

        Bareny-

        I am an American, proud to be one. I have been to many parts of the world and have never had trouble except in France and even many Europeans have trouble in France. If anything I found it to be quite the opposite of being spit on while spending 30 days in China. Most people were very interested in talking with me and hearing about where I came from. Just remember, just as Americans are veiwed as being crass or arrogant Europeans are seen much the same here.

        So if ONE American makes a comment and you veiw ALL Americans in that light then you are the ignorant one.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This crash test means NOTHING.
      Anyone driving this joke will soon die of Lead Poisoning!
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