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More vehicles on the roads

More vehicles on the roads

According to the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, there were in 2016 1,136,688 registered vehicles running on Cambodia roads with a total of 525,764 vehicles newly registered, an increase of 31.9% compared to 2015.

Cambodia saw 464,970 motorcycles registered in 2016, an increase 35.9% compared to 2015.

Here are the total statistic data of registration, inspection, transport operation vehicles, and driver's license holder in 2016 in Cambodia:

New Registered Vehicles

  • Motorcycle : 464,970
  • Car : 37,480
  • Mini Bus : 4,610
  • Bus : 528
  • Pick Up : 10,961
  • Truck : 7,215
Inspected Vehicles
  • Car : 233,345
  • Mini Bus : 35,851
  • Bus : 2,965
  • Pick Up : 49,914
  • Truck : 59,284
Transport operation vehicles
  • Car : 287
  • Mini Bus : 13,488
  • Bus : 1,737
  • Pick Up : 32,738
  • Truck : 14,254
New driving licenses

  • Car : 4,988
  • Mini Bus : 126,963
  • Bus/Truck : 14,398
  • Motorcycle : 5,417
In 2016, according to Mr. Preap Chanvibol, director of the land transportation department at the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation, most vehicles have been imported from Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, China, South Korea, US and UK,.

Statistics of Ministry of Public Works and Transport - MPWT from 1999 to 2016 are available here.

My car comes from USA

My car comes from USA

More than 100 million vehicles involving 17 automakers have been recalled worldwide, including 69 million in the U.S. alone, underscoring the scale of the crisis. Because of the scope of the recalls, the replacements are going to take years.

Following our article about the faulty Takata airbags that can kill drivers and passengers, we publish now the list of vehicles that need airbag replacement.

The list is long so we'll try to keep track of vehicles that can be found in Cambodia.

Let's start with vehicles built or assembled for the USA. Here is the last list released on Thursday, January 19th, 2017:


Acura US:

  • 2002-2003 Acura TL
  • 2003 Acura CL
Audi US: (+170,000 vehicles)
  • 2006-2013 Audi A3
  • 2005-2008 Audi A4 Avant
  • 2006-2009 Audi A4 Cabriolet
  • 2005-2008 Audi A4 Sedan
  • 2010-2011 Audi A5 Cabriolet
  • 2003-2011 Audi A6 Avant
  • 2005-2011 Audi A6 Sedan
  • 2009-2012 Audi Q5
  • 2017 Audi R8
  • 2008 Audi RS 4 Cabriolet
  • 2007-2008 Audi RS 4 Sedan
  • 2005-2008 Audi S4 Avant
  • 2007-2009 Audi S4 Cabriolet
  • 2005-2008 Audi S4 Sedan
  • 2010-2012 Audi S5 Cabriolet
  • 2007-2011 Audi S6 Sedan
  • 2016-2017 Audi TT
BMW US: (+840.000 vehicles)

  • 2008-2013 BMW 128i
  • 2008-2013 BMW 135i
  • 2008-2013 BMW 1 Series M
  • 2000 BMW 323i
  • 2002-2006 BMW 325Ci
  • 2002-2003 BMW 325iT
  • 2001-2011 BMW 325i
  • 2001-2011 BMW 325xi
  • 2002-2003 BMW 325xiT
  • 2006-2012 BMW 325xiT
  • 2000 BMW 328i
  • 2006-2013 BMW 328i
  • 2006-2013 BMW 328xi
  • 2006-2013 BMW 328i xDrive
  • 2001-2011 BMW 330i
  • 2001-2011 BMW 330xi
  • 2002-2006 BMW 330Ci
  • 2006-2013 BMW 335i
  • 2006-2013 BMW 335xi
  • 2006-2013 BMW 335i xDrive
  • 2009-2011 BMW 335d
  • 2007-2013 BMW 335is
  • 2002-2003 BMW 525i
  • 2002-2003 BMW 530i
  • 2002-2003 BMW 540i
  • 2001-2013 BMW M3
  • 2002-2003 BMW M5
  • 2013-2015 BMW X1 sDrive28i
  • 2013-2015 BMW X1 xDrive28i
  • 2013-2015 BMW X1 xDrive35i
  • 2007-2010 BMW X3 xDrive30i
  • 2003 BMW X5 3.0i
  • 2003 BMW X5 4.4i
  • 2007-2013 BMW X5 xDrive30i
  • 2007-2013 BMW X5 xDrive35i
  • 2007-2013 BMW X5 xDrive48i
  • 2007-2013 BMW X5 xDrive50
  • 2007-2013 BMW X5 M
  • 2009-2013 BMW X5 xDrive35d
  • 2008-2014 BMW X6 xDrive35i
  • 2008-2014 BMW X6 xDrive50i
  • 2008-2014 BMW X6 M
Chrysler: (+370,000 vehicles)

  • 2003-08 Dodge Ram 1500
  • 2005-08 Dodge Ram 2500
  • 2006-08 Dodge Ram 3500
  • 2006-08 Dodge Ram 4500
  • 2008 Dodge Ram 5500
  • 2005-08 Dodge Durango
  • 2005-08 Dodge Dakota
  • 2005-08 Chrysler 300
  • 2007-08 Chrysler Aspen
Daimler: (+130,000 vehicles)
  • 2008-2009 Sterling Bullet 4500
  • 2008-2009 Sterling Bullet 5500
  • 2007-2009 Dodge Sprinter 2500
  • 2007-2009 Dodge Sprinter 3500
  • 2007-2017 Freightliner Sprinter 2500
  • 2007-2017 Freightliner Sprinter 3500
  • 2010-2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500
  • 2010-2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3500
Dodge/Ram:
  • 2008-2014 Dodge Challenger
  • 2006-2015 Dodge Charger
  • 2005-2011 Dodge Dakota
  • 2004-2009 Dodge Durango
  • 2005-2008 Dodge Magnum
  • 2003-2009 Dodge Ram 1500
  • 2005-2009 Dodge Ram 2500
  • 2006-2009 Dodge Ram 3500 Pickup
  • 2007-2010 Dodge Ram 3500 Cab Chassis
  • 2008-2010 Dodge Ram 4500
  • 2008-2010 Dodge Ram 5500
Ferrari US:
  • 2010-2015 Ferrari 458 Italia
  • 2014-2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale
  • 2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale A
  • 2012-2015 Ferrari 458 Spider
  • 2016-2017 Ferrari 488 GTB
  • 2016-2017 Ferrari 488 Spider
  • 2009-2014 Ferrari California
  • 2015-2017 Ferrari California T
  • 2013-2017 Ferrari F12
  • 2016-2017 Ferrari F12 tdf
  • 2016 Ferrari F60
  • 2012-2016 Ferrari FF
  • 2017 Ferrari GTC4 Lusso
Fisker:

  • 2012 Fisker Karma
Ford US: (+360,000 vehicles)
  • 2004 Ranger
  • 2005-06 GT
  • 2005-07 Mustang
GM US:
  • 2003-05 Pontiac Vibe
  • 2005 Saab 9-2X
GMC:
  • 2007-2013 GMC Sierra 1500
  • 2007-2014 GMC Sierra 2500
  • 2007-2014 GMC Sierra 3500
  • 2007-2014 GMC Yukon
  • 2007-2014 GMC Yukon XL

Honda US: (+5 millions vehicles)

  • 2001-2011 Honda Accord
  • 2008-2011 Honda Accord Crosstour
  • 2001-2011 Honda Civic
  • 2002-2011 Honda CR-V
  • 2011-2015 Honda CR-Z
  • 2003-2011 Honda Element
  • 2010-2014 Honda FCX Clarity
  • 2007-2013 Honda Fit
  • 2013-2014 Honda Fit EV
  • 2010-2014 Honda Insight
  • 2002-2004 Honda Odyssey
  • 2003-2011 Honda Pilot
  • 2006-2014 Honda Ridgeline - Driver’s side airbag
  • 2006-2010 Honda GL1800 Gold Wing (motorcycle)

Infiniti US:

  • 2003-2008 Infiniti FX
  • 2001 Infiniti I30
  • 2002-2004 Infiniti I35
  • 2006-2010 Infiniti M
  • 2002-2003 Infiniti QX4
Jaguar US:

  • 2009-2015 Jaguar XF
Jeep US:

  • 2007-2016 Jeep Wrangler
Land Rover US:

  • 2007-2012 Land Rover Range Rover
Lexus US:
  • 2007-2012 Lexus ES350
  • 2010-2017 Lexus GX460
  • 2006-2013 Lexus IS250/350
  • 2010-2015 Lexus IS250C/350C
  • 2008-2014 Lexus IS F
  • 2012 Lexus LFA
  • 2002-2010 Lexus SC430
Lincoln:
  • 2007-2010 Lincoln MKX
  • 2006-2012 Lincoln MKZ/Zephyr
McLaren US:
  • The 650S
  • The 650S
  • 2016-2017 McLaren 570
  • 2015-2016 McLaren 650S
  • 2016 McLaren 675LT
  • 2012-2014 McLaren MP4-12C
  • 2011-2015 McLaren P1
Mazda US: (+60,000 vehicles)
  • 2003-07 Mazda6
  • 2006-07 Mazda Speed6
  • 2004-08 Mazda RX-8
  • 2004-05 MPV
  • 2004 B-series truck
Mercedes-Benz US: (+700,000)
  • 2005-2014 SLK convertible
  • 2005-2014 C-Class sedan
  • 2005-2014 E-Class sedan
  • 2005-2014 M-Class SUV
  • 2005-2014 GL-Class SUV
  • 2005-2014 R-Class coupe
  • 2005-2014 SLS coupe
Mercury:
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  • Mercury
  • 2006-2011 Mercury Milan
Mitsubishi US: (+10,000 vehicles)
  • 2004-05 Lancer
  • 2006-07 Raider
Nissan US: (+690,000 vehicles)
  • 2001-03 Nissan Maxima
  • 2001-04 Nissan Pathfinder
  • 2002-04 Nissan Sentra
  • 2001-04 Infiniti I30/I35
  • 2002-03 Infiniti QX4
  • 2003-05 Infiniti FX
Pontiac:
  • 2003-2010 Pontiac Vibe
Saab US:
  • The Saab 9-2x, 9-3 and 9-5
  • 2005-2006 Saab 9-2x
  • 2006-2011 Saab 9-3
  • 2006-2009 Saab 9-5
Saturn:
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  • The Scion xB was recalled in May 2016.
  • 2008-2009 Saturn Astra
Scion:
  • The 2008 and 2009 Astras were the only Saturn models impacted by the Takata airbag recall. (SATURN)
  • 2008-2015 xB
Subaru US: (+180,000 vehicles)
  • 2003-06 Baja
  • 2003-05 Legacy
  • 2009-2012 Legacy
  • 2003-05 Outback
  • 2009-2012 Outback
  • 2004-11 Impreza
  • 2012 WRX
  • 2006-2012 Tribeca
  • 2009-2012 Forester
Toyota US: (+877,000 vehicles)
  • 002-05 Lexus SC
  • 2002-05 Toyota Corolla
  • 2003-05 Toyota Corolla Matrix
  • 2002-05 Toyota Sequoia
  • 2003-05 Toyota Tundra
Volkswagen US: (+680,000)
  • 2009-2017 Volkswagen CC
  • 2010-2014 Volkswagen Eos
  • 2010-2014 Volkswagen Golf
  • 2013 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2009-2013 Volkswagen GTI
  • 2012-2014 Volkswagen Passat
  • 2006-2010 Volkswagen Passat Sedan
  • 2006-2010 Volkswagen Passat Wagon

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, tests show that the airbags at problem have a 50% chance of exploding when deployed in an accident compared to a 1% chance for other airbags. Takata stated that the recalls should be completed by end of 2019 to make sure vehicles are recalled before the air bag inflator becomes much more dangerous.

If you get a second-hand car coming from the US and present in the above list, it's time for you to worry. You can check if your vehicle is at risk on the official US website. Then you can contact the official dealer in Cambodia to see what they offer.

Another way to die in a car

Another way to die in a car

The scandal is gigantic! Tens of millions of drivers and passengers risk their lives daily getting in a car: airbags can explode anytime!

The culprits are Takata-made driver and/or passenger airbags that equip some 20% of the cars worldwide. In the early 2000's the Japanese company Takata replaced the airbags propellant with ammonium nitrate that becomes highly inflammable in contact with water and unstable with high temperatures. Humidity? Heat? Well, one or the other can be found in any country. And both of them make even the problem worse, like a tropical country such as Cambodia.

According to an Independent Testing Coalition, an ammonium nitrate compound that doesn't include a moisture-absorbing substance is more likely to explode after long-term exposure to heat and moisture. And Takata airbags do not include moisture absorbent. So the question does not seem to be 'if' one airbag will explode but 'when'!

An exploding airbag might not be such a problem though surprising and unpleasant. The problem is the exploding power of the ammonium nitrate that does not only inflate the bag but also breaks the device and projects metal parts everywhere. Those metal parts are responsible for serious injuries and deaths. Airbags made by Japan's Takata Corp have caused at least 16 deaths and 180 injuries reported worldwide.

Cars are recalled worldwide to upgrade the airbags. Only in USA more than 68 millions cars have already been recalled. Recall means being put on a waiting list that can last a few years. And that does not solve the problem because the wrong airbag is change for a new wrong airbag. Problems are just pilling up.

The last updated list from December 2016 includes the following brands that present models with dangerous airbags: Acura, Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Daimler Trucks, Daimler Vans, Dodge/Ram, Ferrari, Fisker, Ford, GMC, Honda, Infiniti, Jaguar, Jeep, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, McLaren, Mercedes-Benz, Mercury, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn, Scion, Subaru, Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen. The list is not complete yet.

All models of a brand are not to be recalled. It depends where they have been assembled. For example, Honda said it concerns only the models built in Japan, Thailand and US. Well, just 100% of Honda cars found in Cambodia!

Japan-branded vehicles are the most popular in Cambodia. According to Mr. Pily Wong, chief executive for the Cambodian distributor of Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen, the Cambodia’s lax import rules make it an attractive market for second-hand importers, yet the risks were also apparent. Control are not very strict with pollution and safety standards. Do not count on your second-hand cars importer to send you a letter about a free airbag exchange.

National Online Registration System

National Online Registration System

On January 30th, 2017, H.E. Sun Chanthol, Senior Minister, and Minister of Public Works and Transport officially launched the National Online Automation System for Vehicle Registration, Driver’s License Registration and Test, Technical Vehicle Inspection Registration. Also was unveiled a Cambodia Driving Rules Smartphone App aimed at versing citizens on the Cambodia’s traffic laws.

This new automation systems for the public was developed by the Ministry and is the culmination of work on a major reform initiative that effectively transfers many of the Ministry’s citizen service to online platforms. It will help registration fast and easy.

Here you go for registering Vehicles and Renew Driver’s License Online

Free and easy to download Cambodia Driving Rules for iPhone and for Android phones

Less kills on the roads in 2016

Less kills on the roads in 2016

On Monday December, 26th the National Road Safety Committee released a report about road traffic accidents that occurred during the first 11 months of 2016. According to this report,

  • 3700 cases of road accidents were recorded, 443 cases less (-11%) compared to 2015
  • 1717 people were killed , 271 people less (-14%) than 2015
  • 6607 people were injured, 542 people less (-8%) than 2015

The main causes of accidents are speeding, drunk driver, and not obeying the law.

According to National Road Safety Committee, Her Excellency Min Meanvy, Secretary of State of ministry of public works and transport, claimed that common issues for causing an accident on the road are drug driver and drunk driver.

  • 127 drivers of public transportation and commercial vehicles were fined for drug during 665 road checks
  • 359,882 fines have been given for drug driving to private drivers
  • 278,218 fines have been given for drunk driving to private drivers

Happy Khmer New Year

Happy Khmer New Year Happy Khmer New Year 2016, All the CarBodia Team wishes you and your family a great time together with happiness, prosperity and success in your goals. Have a safe trip.

2nd Cars Show in Cambodia

2nd Cars Show in Cambodia From March 10th to 13th, 2016, the second international auto parts, accessories, service and repair equipment exhibition takes place in Phnom Penh.With over 300,000 cars in the Kingdom it was time to set up such an event.

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