Another Chinese vehicle has failed a benchmark German crash test.

The German ADAC automobile club told Agence France Presse (AFP) the Brilliance BS6 sedan scored only one out of a possible five stars in the crash test, carried out in accordance with EuroNCAP regulations at ADAC's crash test laboratory.

ADAC spokesman Maximilian Maurer reportedly said it was the second time in less than two years that a Chinese-made car failed this test, following the spectacular failure of the Jiangling Landwind SUV in November 2005.

"The BS6 sedan performed almost as badly as the Landwind," he was quoted as saying.

The test consisted of a frontal and side crash at 64km/h; ADAC reported that the front crash showed the safety cell of the Brilliance BS6 was too soft and not stable enough.

ADAC told AFP the driver would probably not survive a real crash at 64km/h.

Most European-made cars win four or five stars in the crash test, so the result is not encouraging for the BS6, which was launched at the 2007 Geneva motor show, the news agency noted.

Maurer said: "After Landwind's 2005 test result, it stopped being sold in Europe." The BS6 could face the same fate, he warned, according to Agence France Presse.

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