Qoros 3 Becomes First Car From China to Score 5 Stars in Euro NCAP Safety Testing
Run for your lives! A Chinese car could possibly be sold in the U.S.! Fear the Red Scare all over again! Relax. Seriously. Chinese cars are today what Korean cars were at least 15 years ago, relatively speaking. They're just finally getting up to snuff to sell outside of their home market, but quality and technology are a little behind the times. Apparently, safety isn't though, as the new Qoros 3 has become the first truly Chinese car to score a perfect rating in stringent Euro New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) testing. That consists of occupant protection as well as pedestrian protection, which draws a much greater focus overseas than it does in the U.S. The car is about the size of a Ford Focus or Chevrolet Cruze, but it should cost less. In comparison to the Qoros 3, Chinese cars like the Brilliance BS6 have been anything but brilliant, scoring just one star in Euro NCAP testing. The Qoros 3 comes powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 125 horsepower, or about the same as the Ford Fiesta's similarly sized engine but down 13 horsepower from the Kia Rio's 1.6. A turbocharged variant makes 154 horsepower, which is down considerably from the turbocharged 1.6-liter found in the Hyundai Veloster, which comes with 201 ponies. Both are offered with six-speed manual or dual-clutch transmissions. While it would likely be a long time, if ever, for a Chinese-engineered car to be sold in the U.S., GM, BMW, and a host of other companies manufacture some of the same cars they sell here in China with partners. They could potentially sell them in the States. Likewise, if Qoros got serious about selling its first car in the U.S., it could. The car is safe and comes with plenty of features. All it would need is a low enough price and a high enough warranty for it to catch on. Sources: Qoros, Euro NCAP
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