• Mar 26, 2009

Brilliance BS4 ADAC crash test – Click above to watch video after the jump

Back in 2007, Chinese automaker Brilliance made international news when its BS6 sedan failed crash tests performed by the ADAC (Germany's version of our AAA) in fantastic (and frightening) fashion. The crash tests were performed according to Euro NCAP guidelines at the time, and the mangled heap of metal that remained was truly horrific.

Brilliance is back with the BS4 sedan, and again the ADAC has performed its full battery of crash tests, though this time using newer Euro NCAP guidelines that take into account the availability of electronic stability control as standard equipment and potential damage to pedestrians. How'd it do? Just like the Brilliance before it, the BS4 scored zero stars.

It's not all bad news, though. Under the old Euro NCAP guidelines, the BS4 would have achieved three stars, a score that the BS6 needed two tries and a structural redesign to match. Even watching video of the BS6 crash test compared to video of the BS4, it's apparent that Brilliance has learned a thing or two about how to keep car from folding up like an accordion during a frontal impact. Still, it wasn't enough to score a single point in the new tests, which means Brilliance once again needs to go back, makes some changes and try again.

Follow the jump
for video of the Brilliance BS4 crash tests, as well as video of the original BS6 crash tests.



[Source: Autoblog Spanish]





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      • 5 Years Ago
      LQQKS like this car is an under-Achieva. A Chinese Pinto with an extra thin gas tank. Where do I sign up to get one?
      • 5 Years Ago
      thats some brilliant bullsh!t right there
      • 5 Years Ago
      The good thing for Chinese is that Chinese domestic market is now the largest in the world and Chinese auto makers don't have to go to overseas to sell their cars.
        • 5 Years Ago
        so this is a form of Chinese birth control.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Don't worry, Brilliance will retest BS4 in Spain in a month and get a 3 star somehow.
        • 5 Years Ago
        No need to, ANWB (from the Netherlands) already rated the car 3 stars; using the data from ADAC:

        http://www.anwb.nl/auto/nieuws-en-tips/archief,/2009/maart/Chinese-Brilliance-BS4-komt-beter-uit-ANWB-crashte.html

        Anyways, something fishy is going on. In no way the lack of ESP warrants reduction from 3, almost 4 to 0 stars.

        Also, this car was released last year; why on Earth did they test it after Feb 2009, right after the new rating standards were put forth? Couldn't they test it BEFORE Feb 2009?
        • 5 Years Ago
        They can test wherever they want, what counts is the official EuroNCAP testing. And that is done somewhere in Britain. Not even this ADAC test counts for homologation. Just another PR action from the ADAC.
      EASTBAY93
      • 5 Years Ago
      The problem? It;'s made by a Chinese automaker!!!! EVERYTHING they make is junk or will poision you!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Could be a very important experiment. What if it's released, and it's got these awful safety ratings... and people buy it anyway? Can we finally dissolve these bureaucracies and buy whatever we want?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually Soccer Mom, those warnings are generally there for liability purposes moreso than safety. We all know it's not a good idea to do those things, but someone one time did it and then sued the company saying that they weren't told not to. Hence, the warning labels on everything.
        • 5 Years Ago
        This way of thinking is exactly the way government mandates companies to put warning of different things - don't drink gasoline; don't clean blades of a working lawn mower and other things. 'cause there are weak-minded people among us, and as an advanced society we need to care for those who are special, even if they have driver's licenses.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Of course you cannot be responsible for your own life - because the firefighter that would have to scrap your brains off the folded roof will have his appetite ruined. It is rather selfish to do it to the hardworking man given that he hadn't given you this idea of driving BS around. Also, you relatives will run to collect nice and fat insurance payouts, which will impact insurance company's bottom-line (and if you have many BS drivers) and it will be passed on to others in a form of higher premiums. So stupidity of a few causes a lot of inconvenience and monetary losses to others, that's why those others force the weak-minded to adhere to the rules.
        • 5 Years Ago
        This way? Yes, how dare someone be responsible for their own lives. We aren't here to tell other people what do with their lives, no matter high on our own horses some of us may climb.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That is the most impressive Chinese crash test I've seen so far. Scary thing is this test doesn't look as bad as some I've seen on You Tube. Like the article said it looks like they are learning things now, it will be scary once they learn some more.

      BUT...

      With dealing with Chinese manufacturers in recent years, I won't trust one car to next even it's same brand and the model with same color. Some how they always give you acceptable products first then they screw you and give you crappy one next time around. This is why some of the China made stuff last between 1 day to whatever. And people quickly forgive and forget because it's a cheap crap to begin with.

      I'll say no to China made car until there's no options.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like it'd do well in a oragami folding contest.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Chinese government skimps on building materials for public schools and when an earthquake hits and a whole school turns to rubble, they close off the area and don't allow engineers or investigators to even look at the site. Same with these cars. They won't let any of their citizens know that it scored low on the crash tests. Instead they will say what a great reception it has across the globe.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually, the BS4 also did pretty bad in C-NCAP (supposedly equivalent of last year's Euro NCAP) tests in China in January 2008, scoring 3-stars. Since they said Euro NCAP last year would have provided also a 3-star rating, seems the Chinese system is on par with the Europeans. This is compared to Chery getting 5-stars with their new Chery G6 and Roewe 550 under C-NCAP.

      • 5 Years Ago
      We criticise the safety of Chinese cars although many of us drive 8-year old automobiles that probably wouldn't score better on these crash-tests. The most important rule of safety is, and always will be, to avoid accidents.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It got a zero because the media wants people to believe Chinese cars are junk no matter how hard they try and improve.

      The media did the same thing to Japanese cars in the 70's, and again to the Korean cars in the 80's, and look where those two guys are nowadays, and then look at GM...
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is what you will have to look forward to when GM and Chrysler close up.
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