Brilliance DOES Produce Safe Cars After All

Crashed Brillaince BS4
Crashed Brillaince BS4

Real Life Crash acts as proof

Last year the Brilliance BS6 premium sedan failed German crash tests at 40 mph miserably, with the released pictures showing a quite scary possible scenario leaving a major dent the reputation of the Chinese automaker. However a recent real life experience of a Brilliance BS4 owner could help change that opinion.

Whilst travelling at 100km/h the BS4 driver lost control of the vehicle as it crashed through a barrier flying down into a ditch, rolling two times before it hit a pile of dirt and landed again. Despite Brilliance' reputation for producing unsafe cars, the driver escaped with only minor bruising where his seat belt pulled against his waist.

Unsurprisingly the car has been totalled, leaving the owner to fight it out with the insurance company.

Source: China car times via carscoop
Published May 6th, 2008 4:32pm By Clinton Deacon
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unknownuser unknownuser
Really lucky driver....
May 11th, 2008 2:23am
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unknownuser unknownuser
I imagine a BMW would roll a couple times if it flew into a ditch at 60mph too.
May 8th, 2008 12:11pm
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christo-mckee christo-mckee
btw anyone noticed the crash was caused not by other cars or anything.... but the inner casing of the wheel which completly snaped off the wheel fixation by the disk brake!!! thats sign of poor quality of materials used to make those wheels!!!!! not cool.
May 8th, 2008 6:16am
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Ed Ed
How the hell would you know what caused the crash??!!! Mr.crashexpert??!! Were you there to witness it??! The wheel would hace been a result of hitting a barrier at 100 km per hour, DUMBASS!!!
Aug 23rd, 2009 9:26am
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BabyMilo BabyMilo
thnk god i wasnt in that car! i would be dead, CHINA FIX UR CARS!
May 7th, 2008 7:44am
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stillthewhizz stillthewhizz
It isn't that safe. Look at the safety cell, that is supposed to stay in tact. It looks thoroughly bent to me.
May 7th, 2008 3:40am
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Skulinex Skulinex
Especially the fact that the door frames are outside (above) the roof frame where they are supposed to act as a structural reinforcer
May 7th, 2008 6:22am
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wisp wisp
The point is is simple as Mercedes learnt the hard way back in the late 90's in South Africa. They went on air "blah blah blah safest best engineered car in the world crashed 100feet down at Chapmans peak and hey pristo the driver walked out of the crash". BMW crashed this advert by using the recently launced 5 series with the saying "WHY NOT SIMPLY BUY A CAR THAT MANAGES BENDS" or something like that. This advert to date is still looked at as one of the best aggressive direct attack adverts and it worked coz that 5 series was worlds ahead and better engineered than the 'diving Merc'. Emphasis should be on drivability of a car coz then the car would aid the driver to avoid such an accident. Prevention is way better than cure.
May 7th, 2008 3:33am
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Spyshot-73 Spyshot-73
If we all stop buying chinese goods then they would have to sell decent things in the end , And you are right about the NCAP 5 star ratings .
May 7th, 2008 1:49am
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Driftzwerg Driftzwerg
Are you serious? The car collapsed, you can see that easily. This is nowhere safe. I don't wanna start china bashing, but calling that safe... I am glad for the driver, but it was just luck. The Chinese will learn fast from theit mistakes, till then you a better of with a 5 Star NCap car.
May 6th, 2008 11:42pm
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Ed Ed
That's exactly why it's safe, it doesn't matter how badly the car gets damaged, it's about how good it protects it's occupants. ANY car would be totaled if it hit a barrier at 100km per hour, dropped hundreds of feet, and rolled around two times, hit a pile of dirt, and landed again.
Aug 23rd, 2009 9:16am
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autoque autoque
A real safe car would've intervened with an active safety system so as to keep the car stable even if the driver loses control of it. It's a sedan, not an SUV; no need to roll two times before hittin the ditch. In any case, they are taking a positive step toward safer cars...albeit slowly.
May 6th, 2008 11:18pm
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wolff wolff
This is a Chinese car for heaven's sake.. not a European one.. u have too much of expectations i say!! :D
May 6th, 2008 11:42pm
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