Apart from the car owners, Passats poor performance in the crash test has also caused discussion and controversy among other consumers and some people in the auto industry. Suspected potential consumers said: I really like Passat very much. Its stable and atmospheric. I planned to start this year ago, but I didnt know what to do after seeing the collision test of CBRC!
Although many off-line distributors and salespeople give their feedback to 21st century economic reporter that the terminal sales volume of Passat has not been significantly affected at present, and even the terminal sales price of Passat in January 2019 has increased compared with December 2019 due to the launch of new business policy in the new year, from the response of the public opinion field, the halo of Passat and even German Volkswagens quality benchmark has been seen The Sutra is fading. Some auto practitioners pointed out that as a B-class car with large sales volume, Passat exposed problems such as A-pillar deformation, front compartment firewall intrusion and airbag failure in collision test intolerable.
SAIC Volkswagen is facing a tough problem, and the PR crisis related to quality is never easy to deal with. What the public is eager to know is why Passats poor performance in the crash test is accidental or inevitable? This time, the low configuration model is tested. Will the same situation appear in other versions or even other models? Does Volkswagen have plans to recall vehicles or implement other measures to reduce vehicle safety hazards?
So far, neither SAIC Volkswagen nor VW China has made a public response. However, the 21st century economic news reporter learned that SAIC Volkswagen attached great importance to the collision test and had carried out relevant test analysis for the first time. According to the industry experience, the vehicle enterprises may carry out technical improvement for relevant projects in the future.
On December 23, 2019, China insurance automobile safety index (hereinafter referred to as c-iasi) released the latest batch of vehicle test results. In the front 25% offset collision project, Passat got the worst P (poor) level, ranking the bottom of 41 models tested.
C-iasi is an index jointly developed by China Automotive Engineering Research Institute and China Insurance Research Institute of Automotive Technology (hereinafter referred to as China Insurance Research Institute) under the guidance of China Insurance Industry Association. It mainly serves insurance companies and provides technical support for their underwriting and claim settlement. C-iasis evaluation results are considered to be of high reliability because it is not profitable and the evaluation method refers to the American Highway Safety Insurance Association (hereinafter referred to as IIHS).
Frontal 25% offset collision is a test that CBRC uses IIHS standard for reference. This scene simulates the relatively common small area collision in fatal traffic accidents, and puts forward higher requirements for body structure and quality. In fact, in addition to Passat, the 318i and Nissan Xima models in the BMW 3 Series didnt perform very well.
It can be found from the collision test video published on the official website of c-iasi that at the moment of collision, Passat directly broke the A-pillar, the left front wheel intruded into the cockpit, and the airbag in front of the drivers seat quickly flashed to one side after opening, and the dummys head in the drivers seat hit the steering wheel.
Some automotive engineers engaged in passive safety said that the bottom line principle is to ensure the rigidity of the vehicle body to ensure that the passenger compartment is not intruded. Once the sheet metal parts intrude into the passenger compartment, the airbags, safety belts, etc. are empty talks. As a big B-class car, Passats performance in 25% offset crashes is intolerable. The engineer said.
Passat is one of the most popular mid-level cars in the Chinese market, and it is also a key model of SAIC Volkswagen. From January to November 2019, Passat has sold 167500 vehicles in China, accounting for 9.4% of the total sales of SAIC Volkswagen.
It should be noted that in similar crash tests, Passat has previously received high evaluation under another test. Passat obtained full marks in the side impact and front 40% impact tests in the China new car evaluation regulations (hereinafter referred to as C-NCAP) issued by China Automotive Research Center (hereinafter referred to as CVR).
It can be found that C-NCAP and c-iasi are not tested in the same way. A Shanghai Automotive Engineer told reporters that 25% of the frontal collisions used by c-iasi have a smaller contact area, a greater local pressure, and the collision area bypasses the front longitudinal beam, resulting in a higher risk of injury to people in the car.
Obviously, the c-iasi test standard is more strict, but such a test is more practical. It is understood that IIHS joined the test because in the United States, the death toll of small offset frontal crashes accounted for a quarter of real car accidents.
However, it is also pointed out that the probability of a positive 25% offset collision in the Chinese market is relatively low, and the US standard should not be blindly adopted. The road conditions in the United States are different from those in China. The road width in the United States is fast, the road width in China is slow, and the road flatness in most parts of China is better than that in the United States.
However, both SAIC Volkswagen and VW China have yet to respond publicly. Some people who are familiar with SAIC Volkswagen have analyzed the 21st century economic reporter. The company also has to measure the cost of public relations. At present, the Passat incident has not penetrated into the social news level. At this time, it may damage the brand to make a rash voice.
However, it is not only the poor performance of Passat itself, but also its different performance in different markets that attracts public attention. According to IIHS official website information, American version Passat got a g (excellent) score in the same collision test, which made many people call domestic Passat a special model.
It should be noted that the new Passat tested this time is not the same as the US Passat. Previously, the Passat sold in China was made in China by the American version of maxten, and the latest Passat is a new model independently designed under the MQB platform. However, because the sales volume of Passat in North America market is not outstanding, the original platform is still used.
This led to the conjecture that the MQB platform is unreliable. In addition, another vehicle under the MQB platform, Tiguan L, also performed poorly in the crash test. Some people think that the new platform has defects. However, the above automotive engineers told 21st century economic news that the platform mainly involves the chassis, while the test of collision test is more about the body design structure.
Another analyst also pointed out that there is a natural weakness in the side structure of Passats front: the beam under the fender is very small, and it is not connected with the longitudinal beam under the front, nor with the bumper, so there is no additional support. The American version of the car was hit by the hot-formed steel of A-pillar. Although the car body was not obviously deformed, the force was also huge.
In any case, the performance of domestic Passat was unexpectedly poor. In fact, as a model with good sales volume, Passats safety performance is largely recognized by the market, but its hard to tell why the domestic version of the safety standard does not keep up with the American version?
This is not only related to the domestic market pattern of automobile testing, but also to a certain extent exposed that automobile enterprises have a fluke mentality in vehicle testing and automobile production. For a long time, CNIC research and C-NCAP are the most common vehicle crash safety performance evaluation system in Chinas automobile field, while CNIC research and c-iasi are relatively young and small, and they only released the test results to the society for the first time in 2018. At present, only more than 40 models have been published. In the Chinese market where the automobile consumption culture is not mature, the influence of c-iasi is not significant. Thats why the Passat incident didnt attract more attention. However, with the rise of new consumer forces and the improvement of safety performance requirements, the space left for car companies will be smaller and smaller. For SAIC Volkswagen, it is necessary to take precautions and improve the technical standards and safety performance of the vehicle as soon as possible. Source: responsible editor of 21st century economic report: Chen Hequn, nb12679
This is not only related to the domestic market pattern of automobile testing, but also to a certain extent exposed that automobile enterprises have a fluke mentality in vehicle testing and automobile production.
For a long time, CNIC research and C-NCAP are the most common vehicle crash safety performance evaluation system in Chinas automobile field, while CNIC research and c-iasi are relatively young and small, and they only released the test results to the society for the first time in 2018. At present, only more than 40 models have been published. In the Chinese market where the automobile consumption culture is not mature, the influence of c-iasi is not significant.
Thats why the Passat incident didnt attract more attention. However, with the rise of new consumer forces and the improvement of safety performance requirements, the space left for car companies will be smaller and smaller. For SAIC Volkswagen, it is necessary to take precautions and improve the technical standards and safety performance of the vehicle as soon as possible.