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Chinese Automobiles Fail in Crash Tests
The quality of vehicles manufactured by China is being questioned by many following poor results in preliminary crash tests.

Turkey’s Bisan plans to import partially-manufactured Lifan brand cars to complete and sell in Turkey, but has expressed concern about the overall quality of the automobiles.



Bisan General Director Abidin Dursun Kaleli notes putting flimsy Chinese cars on the Turkish market may produce terrible results, and said they planned to import the partially-manufactured cars to develop and supervise them safely in their own plants.




“Even a drill cannot make a hole in a Mercedes, whereas an ordinary nail easily pierces a Chinese car. Chinese cars crash all the way to the trunk in wall crash tests,” Kaleli says.



The import of Chinese cars is not currently permitted as they do not meet European standards. Cars are expected to be put on the market in Turkey by early 2008.


Certain companies from Turkey have already signed agreements with China, and some other 50 firms are reportedly about to sign agreements.



Bisan, which has already signed import agreements with two Chinese companies, states that all goods produced in China are not of low quality, and General Director Kaleli opines that Europe will not resist the pressure to import and will give them Euro-4 document when they meet EU standards.



Chinese companies have consistently failed crash tests every time they have applied for European standards, Kaleli informs.


In the crash tests, when Mercedes and BMW cars are crashed into a wall at 80 km speed, the damage to the crash test dummies is measured. These two brands score very little damage in such trials.



In the same tests, Chinese cars crash impact until the trunk and the dummy is nearly destroyed.



Kaleli said Chinese manufacturers must make the hoods thicker and use higher quality materials to pass the crash tests, otherwise tragedy may result.




from:Todayszaman.com 07.12.2006
 

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Good news for Lifan - 520 passed crash test:

Chongqing Lifan Group, one of China’s leading motorcycle makers, said its Lifan 520 sedan produced by the company’s assembling line in Russia has passed the Europe R-94 crash test.

The test was performed by Russia's national collision experimental laboratory. The sedan's four doors can open easily after the car runs at 35 mph (56 km/h) into a deformable wall. Dual front airbags and side airbags work well and the dummy hasn't been damaged. The passenger compartment held its shape very well and there was no leak in the fuel tank.

Lifan said that this result has paved the way for Lifan’s expansion plan in Russian market. Lifan has established an assembly line this year and the company plans to sell 8,000 vehicles in Russia next year and 40,000 units annually by 2010, according to Mao Gang, general manager of an imports and exports unit under Lifan Group.

In August this year, Lifan Group signed a $160 million supplying contract with Russian company AutoMir. Under the contract, AutoMir will purchase 30,000 sedans in KD forms from Lifan in the next three years.
 

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I think the word "quality" is starting to creep into the mind of Chinese carmakers now after the Brilliance fiasco. But still too soon to say anything or to be optimistic, they still have a very long way to go. Hold your breath, we don't know what come next.
 

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Think about it: the Lifan keeps its structural integrity whereas the BS4 A pillar is already bent and the passenger cage is about to collapse. (See CNCAP photos)
That's quite a difference. You can forget about opening the driver door on the BS4, It's jammed for sure.

EU BS6 did better after improvements, but the BS4 test proves they still don't give a rat's ass about the chinese models. And the low test speed lets them get away with it.
 

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Accenting the positives

In February of last year Keith Bradsher of the New York Times had this to say about the 520:

"A test drive here (in Chongqing) of the Lifan 520 sedan showed it to have an impressively sturdy body with no rattles or wiggles even when traveling over very rough pavement — although this is no guarantee of long-term reliability. There is ample headroom in the front seats and even the rear seats for a 6-foot-4 occupant……"

Nice to hear these positive feedback reports for a change.
 

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What I don't understand is this, Lifan is also a quite young company (set up in 1992) and they mainly only manufacture motorbikes and they just recently jumped into making cars and how come they already achieve quite ok results , while other Chinese carmakers (just make cars) seems to be very lethargic on the road of crash tests.
 
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