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MENAFN - Muscat Daily - 03/12/2013

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(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) BYD Ltd has been named the 2013 Crash Test Facility of the Year' by Automotive Testing Technology International (ATTI) marking a major milestone for BYD Auto. ''When deciding on BYD for Crash Test Facility of the Year', the judges were impressed with some of the equipment, such as the Bi-Trolley for towing and guidance, as well as the accuracy of facility results.

 They recognised the outstanding results coming from BYD's test centre such as the BYD S6 SUV five star crash test ratings and the BYD's F5 Suri's record crash-test scores from C-NCAP,'' stated Graham Heeps Editor of Automotive Testing Technology International. ''BYD's testing capabilities have reached a world class level “ equipment such as lighting, dummies, materials and cameras used in the crash test labs are all from international suppliers with the highest standards.''

This award indicates that BYD is prepared to be a major player in the automotive market with superior capabilities in safety research and development. ''I chose BYD China as crash-test facility of the year because I see it supports the growth of additional crash-test programmes in developing markets. In developing markets, fleet options are often strong, but crashworthiness information on local cars is not readily available to the customer.

Working with Aries, BYD has designed a stateof- the-art crash test facility to do their own research and development to build safety into their cars,'' said jury member Richard Morgan, research associate professor, centre for collision safety and analysis, George Mason University. ''I feel that an important goal of the automotive community is to counteract the increase in road fatalities and serious trauma. Historically, the new car assessment programs have furthered safety by encouraging customers of passenger vehicles to choose a safer product.'' BYD Motors' president Stella Li said, "BYD has received a lot of international recognition for vehicle reliability and safety in the last couple of years.

This year, not only did the BYD F5 attain the highest crash-test score for a Chinese brand, but we outperformed most international brands. JD Power selected BYD's F0 as the leader in the Compact Car segment and our BYD S6 was the first Chinese SUV to attain a 5-star crash-test score in China and was named "SUV of the Year. ''We believe that a significant amount of our success can be attributed to the work of our Testing Labs Staff in conjunction with our Vehicle R&D. The BYD approach to design and manufacturing is working and our results prove it. We are thrilled to be recognized by Automotive Testing Technology International for our World-class testing capabilities this year."

Occupying 20,000sqm, the main runway lengths are 250m (over 820ft long), and the lab can even test two cars at different speeds at multiple angles (from 1 to 360 collisions). The centre not only meets the international regulations and requirements for diverse vehicle testing procedures, but also maximises research and development abilities for BYD's own needs. For more information, please visit www.byd.com or www.facebook.com/bydcompany. Mohsin Haider Darwish is the importer for BYD ca


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