We can’t believe we missed this, but apparently the recently revealed New Car Assessment Program for Southeast Asian Countries (ASEAN NCAP) crash test results for the Nissan Kicks contained some pretty juicy information pertaining to our market.
Anyway, if you’ll recall the tiny Nissan crossover drove off from ASEAN NCAP testing with an impressive five-star safety rating. Digging deeper into the crash test report will show what safety features are or aren’t available in a particular Southeast Asian market. Indonesia is there, Malaysia, Thailand, and yes, the Philippines, too.
Now, if the vehicle being tested isn’t available in a certain country, ASEAN NCAP lists it as ‘NS’ or ‘Not Sold’ in that market. The Nissan Kicks is NS in Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, and Myanmar. Strangely, however, the chart shows some safety features (including lane keep assist and lane departure warning) as ‘Available’ in the Philippine market—this, despite the model not being sold in our country.
Interesting. If the contents of this report are anything to go by, it might only be a matter of time until the Nissan Kicks is made available in our market. We reached out to Nissan Philippines for comment and, not surprisingly, we received neither a confirmation nor denial.
“As a matter of policy, we do not comment on our future plans and/or products. Any future model news will be announced at the appropriate time,” Top Gear Philippines was told.
Well, asking was worth a shot, right? We guess we’ll have to wait and see whether or not Nissan Philippines is keeping a potential local Kicks launch a secret. Would you like to see the company make this subcompact crossover available here? Let us know in the comments.