New test 'proves' Chinese SUV is safe
6 October 2005, AMSTERDAM — The Chinese 'Jiangling Landwind' meets European safety standards, the Dutch importer of the four-wheel drive vehicle insisted on Thursday.
6 October 2005
AMSTERDAM — The Chinese 'Jiangling Landwind' meets European safety standards, the Dutch importer of the four-wheel drive vehicle insisted on Thursday.
Car dealer Peter Bijvelds based his claim on a recent crash test the low-priced sports utility vehicle (SUV) was subjected to by the German inspection agency TUV.
Dutch motorist club ANWB raised concerns in September about the sale of the 'Jiangling Landwind' in the Netherlands. It said the vehicle's design mirrored the technical expertise achieved by western car makers 30 years ago.
The ANWB said its crash test indicated that the driver would not survive a head-on collision at speeds of 64 kilometres per hour or more. The front of the SUV would crumple and crush the driver, the organisation said.
In response to the ANWB's warning, Bijvelds asked the German agency to test the vehicle for compliance to European safety standards. "The Landwind meet all the requirements," the importer said.
He conceded that there are safer vehicles but added, "the Jiangling is safe". Bijvelds said an extra support would be inserted in the SUV to strengthen the engine compartment.
Bijvelds said he would take legal action against the ANWB to force it to retract its damaging appraisal of the 'Landwind'. He said the ANWB test was worthless because it did not assess compliance to European regulations.
The ANWB said it was not familiar with the German test and all cars coming into the Netherlands are put through the same examination.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news