The Coda Sedan has been selling in tiny numbers which is good, as many thought the car would never make it to market. The all-electric Coda sedan is based on a Chinese produced car called a “Chang’an E30″, but with no official crash test results available yet, the car is an unknown quantity safety wise.
So what about it’s identical Chinese twin, the Chang’an E30? How safe is that car in Chinese crash tests? Well, not bad actually, and Chinese crash tests are very similar to European and American crash tests – they’re just done a little slower.
The Chang’an E30 scored a five-star rating during an all-direction crash test at the China Automotive Technology and Research Center (CATARC) achieving 45.71 points after frontal, near-frontal and side collisions. It is reportedly China’s first five-star result on electric vehicle crash tests.
Translated into European and American safety tests, we should be expecting an average of 4 stars out of 5. This is good news, as safety in Chinese designed cars has been a rather tender subject for many years.
With crash testing looking like it’ll be a walk in the park, the real killer for Coda could be the car’s starting price of $37,250 USD. If you were given the choice between this and a $35,200 Nissan Leaf – what would you buy?