Well, this is embarrassing. It seems in all the noise following the initial spread of COVID-19 within our borders, we missed some pretty big news regarding the all-new Honda City. No, there’s no confirmation that it will be arriving in the Philippines—at least not yet. The subcompact did, however, pass the New Car Assessment Program for Southeast Asian Countries (ASEAN NCAP) crash tests with flying colors.
The Honda City was awarded a five-star ASEAN NCAP safety rating after finishing crash tests with a total score of 86.54 points—that’s 44.83 points for adult occupant protection, 22.82 points for child occupant protection, and 18.89 points for safety assist technologies.
In Thailand, the all-new City comes equipped with four airbags and Electronic Stability Control as standard across all variants. Emergency Stop Signal technology is also available for the sedan, as are safety technologies like Blind Spot Visualization.
“We are excited to have another five-star car in the line-up of ASEAN NCAP assessed vehicles,” ASEAN NCAP chairperson Dr. Siti Zaharah Ishak said in a statement. “Although the City was assessed twice prior to this, we can see there have been significant improvements in the number of safety technologies that are equipped in this new model as a standard fitment.”
The Honda City has performed admirably in ASEAN NCAP crash tests since 2012. Hopefully, the safety bits that allowed the car to impress the agency are carried over to units in the Philippines. If the vehicle makes it here, that is.