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In Singapore, most of us perceive Conti cars as higher-class and safer than the typical Japanese cars and Korean cars, but are they?
Category: Car Buying Advice
Conti cars are desirable, and seem to portray an elevated social standing, and it isn't difficult to see why. These cars tend to not only cost more, but also offer more in terms of comfort, luxury and performance - especially so for the higher-end models. And, many also believe that these European cars are safer than their Asian counterparts such as Korean and our favourite JDM cars, but is that really the case?
What makes a car safer than another?
The safety of a car is the result of many components, this can include basic equipment such as the head light, airbags and other active safety features such as automatic emergency braking systems, and of course, how the car protect its occupants in a crash.
The safety of vehicles are assessed through various safety standards throughout the world. While these standards can differ slightly, the general process is quite similar. Cars are often evaluated by various crash tests to determine the safety of the occupants.
Organisations such as Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Programme), ANCAP (Australasian New Car Assessment Program), NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), and IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) conducts tests and studies and evaluates the safety of different vehicles. These tests and their results provide car buyers with a good point of reference in terms of the safety of the vehicle that they are interested in.