Chinese Landwind named as 2010's most dangerous car
The Landwind CV9 has been named as the least safe car of 2010 by crash testers Euro NCAP after it scored just two stars out of a possible five.
The Chinese company is set to begin importing the CV9 into Europe this year, so it was subjected to the newly stringent tests that came in as of 2009. The Citroen Nemo was named as the second worst performing car of the year, scoring three stars out of five.
The harsher tests meant that only 65 percent of new cars managed to score the maximum five stars last year, down from 90 percent in 2009. Euro NCAP also named the top performers for the year in each category, with the BMW 5 Series, Alfa Romeo Giulietta, Honda CR-Z, Kia Sportage and Toyota Verso all named as top performers in their segment.
Five other cars also exceeded the 80 percent score needed to rank on the top performing list. These were the Suzuki Swift, Kia Venga, BMW X1, Volkswagen Sharan/Seat Alhambra and Citroen's C4
The new tests now require cars to be fitted with ESP anti-skid control as standard, while it is assess its adult protection, child protection and pedestrian protection capabilities.
Dr Michiel van Ratingen, Euro NCAP Secretary General says: "Every year, car manufacturers constantly work to innovate and make their cars better and safer for the driver, whatever the size of the vehicle. The presence in these categories of high performing 5 star cars demonstrates car manufacturers' commitment to safety for all sizes of vehicles."