Another Chinese car flunks German crash test

STUTTGART, Germany Fri Jun 22, 2007 9:28am BST

The BS6 of Chinese car manufacturer Brilliance is pictured during a presentation in the western German city of Bonn November 28, 2006. REUTERS/Alex Grimm

The BS6 of Chinese car manufacturer Brilliance is pictured during a presentation in the western German city of Bonn November 28, 2006.

Credit: Reuters/Alex Grimm

STUTTGART, Germany (Reuters) - A mid-range sedan developed for the European market by Chinese carmaker Brilliance scored only one out of a possible five stars in a crash test, German auto association ADAC said on Thursday.

"In the event of a side crash, the strain on the driver's chest and abdominal area would be so high that a person would have little chance of surviving in a real accident," it said of test results for the Brilliance BS6 model.

Shenyang Brilliance Jinbei, a unit of Brilliance China Automotive Holdings, is the partner of Germany's BMW and one of the growing ranks of Chinese carmakers with global expansion ambitions.

An ADAC crash test last year of the sport utility vehicle Landwind made by China's Jiangling also exposed grave safety concerns.

The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung paper cited Brillance importer Hans-Ulrich Sachs as saying the company would work to improve passive safety features of the Brilliance BS6, which went on sale in Germany earlier this year.

"If the end-customer wants to trade in his BS6 then we of course are ready for this," he was quoted as saying.

Brilliance said in April it plans to ship its first sedans to the United States as early as this year.