Saturday, March 28, 2009

Not so Brilliant: Chinese sedan awarded zero-star crash rating


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Barry Artiste Op.Ed

One wonders why this is News? Is there anything China makes that lasts or is even worth buying? The Chinese masters at counterfieting anything and everything from Lead Toothpaste to Asbestos Toys, shows they can copy it, but that is as far as it goes. Quality is an issue China cannot copy!

Granted the Great Wall of China and some Monuments, but you cannot raise the dead to get quality workmanship now can you?  They say you get what you pay for, and this is yet another millionth example.

Two years ago, Chinese automaker Brilliance made headlines around the world when its BS6 sedan - one of the first Chinese-designed and built cars to be sold in Western Europe - was crash tested according to the EuroNCAP procedures (64 km/h into an offset barrier). The car performed miserably, receiving a one-star rating. The grisly footage of the sedan hitting the barriers has become a landmark on popular video websites.

After the dust settled, Brilliance revamped the BS6 to include a sturdier frame, stronger pillars and seat belts with pretensioners. While that helped improve its crashworthiness to passable levels - three stars - the damage to the automaker's image was done. Or, so one might think.

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