Proton Iriz (PCC) safety to be best in class? 100,000 km test for all variants
There is a lot of hope and expectations on upcoming Proton Compact Car (PCC), which will be soon announced as Proton Iriz, and one of them is safety. The Global Small Car is known to equip lot of safety features and new information has come to light regarding factory and road tests it undergoes. Thanks to paultan.org, we have an insight on how Proton Iriz could become one of safest cars in segment.
Proton Iriz will be produced in state-of-the-art Proton Tanjung Malim plant, spread over 1,280 acres, as part of 4,000 acre Proton City project. Extra care for safety of Iriz is taken wherever possible. Already Proton Tanjung Malim operates with about 80% automation level, employing 205 robots at various stages of production. Production of Proton Iriz involves the biggest stamping equipment in South East Asia.
The plant also has a region-first Hot Press Forming (HPF) technology for vital components of body-in-white. HPF parts are more commonly seen in European vehicles; they have three times the strength of mild steel. Hence, safety of passengers is improved simultaneously reducing overall weight of car. Proton Compact Car will use four HPF parts and four cold roll-forming high tensile steel components solely for better safety.
Proton has pointed out that Volkswagen Polo, Audi A4 and BMW 5 Series cars use five, nine and thirteen HPF parts respectively, while Japanese automakers, have not adopted the technique yet.
Other parts of Proton Compact Car have gone through meticulous comfort and longevity evaluations. About 671 component tests are conducted in the plant. Headlights have undergone a 1,000 hour heat ageing test. There are specially-designed jigs to measure effort needed to close doors of PCC. This is done to achieve door effort levels on par with European cars.
PCC production line gets main body inspection robot to improve production consistency and speed. Manual tests at end of production of each unit of Iriz includes severe shower test, private test track run and radio reception test. Said tests are done in 240 acre facility. All variants of PCC are going through 100,000 km durability tests. Four production-spec cars run about 1,000 km everyday, on nonuniform driving conditions.
Proton Iriz is expected to receive 5-star crash test rating by Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP). PCC will also be tested by New Car Assessment Program for Southeast Asia (ASEAN NCAP) next month and the company is confident of securing another 5-star rating for Iriz.
Via – paultan