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Fiat Punto Slapped With Zero Stars In Euro-NCAP’s Latest Safety Ratings 13
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Alfa Romeo Giulietta, BMW 6-Series GT, Dacia Duster, DS3, EuroNCAP, Fiat, Fiat Grande Punto, Fiat Videos, Ford C-Max, Hyundai Kona, Kia Stinger, Kia Stonic, Opel Karl, Toyota Aygo, Toyota Yaris, video on 12 13th, 2017


The Fiat Punto became the first model to receive a disappointing zero-star safety rating by Euro-NCAP.

The ageing Italian supermini has been on sale since 2005 and the new results reveal that it’s outclassed by every car tested in recent history, making it Euro NCAP’s first car ever to be awarded with zero stars.

The Fiat Punto managed to score two stars in adult and child occupant safety and pedestrian protection but the lack of driver assistance and crash avoidance systems brought its total score to zero.

“This is perhaps the strongest example of a manufacturer continuing to sell a product that is well past its best-before date, at the expense of the unsuspecting car buyer. We would urge consumers to check our website for the latest ratings and to choose cars with the most up-to-date five-star ratings, many examples of which we have seen in 2017”, Euro NCAP Secretary General, Michiel van Ratingen said.

The European New Car Assessment Programme updated the ratings of several recently facelifted models to allow consumers making a fair comparison to new cars. These included the Toyota Yaris, the Toyota Aygo, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, the Ford C-Max and Grand C-Max, the Opel Karl, the DS3 and the Fiat Punto.

With the exception of the Toyota Yaris which kept its five-star rating, most of the other models dropped to three stars in this year’s safety tests. The Toyota Aygo scored four stars with the optional safety equipment.

The safety organization also tested new models, awarding five stars to the Hyundai Kona, the Kia Stinger, the new BMW 6-Series and the Jaguar F-Pace. Three stars were awarded to the MG ZS SUV, the second-gen Dacia Duster and the Kia Stonic, which scores five stars when fitted with the optional safety equipment.

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Opel Karl Rocks Arrives At Dealers Across Europe, Starts At €12,600 4
Apr
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in new cars, opel, Opel Karl, prices on 04 4th, 2017


Some six months after it was shown in Paris, Opel have started shipping the Karl Rocks to dealers across select European markets.
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Opel Karl Rocks Arrives At Dealers Across Europe, Starts At €12,600 4
Apr
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in new cars, opel, Opel Karl, prices on 04 4th, 2017


Some six months after it was shown in Paris, Opel have started shipping the Karl Rocks to dealers across select European markets.
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Rugged Little Opel Karl ‘Rocks’ Makes Official Paris Debut 29
Sep
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in new cars, opel, Opel Karl, Paris Auto Show, vauxhall on 09 29th, 2016


Even though the Ampera-e is arguably the star of the Opel stand during this year's Paris Auto Show, the Karl Rocks doesn't seem to feel awkward strutting its stuff.
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Opel Karl Toughens Up With New Rocks Mini Crossover Variant 12
Sep
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in new cars, opel, Opel Karl, Paris Auto Show, vauxhall on 09 12th, 2016


With just a little over two weeks left until the 2016 Paris Auto Show opens its gates, Opel has just released the first images of one of its premieres, the Karl Rocks.
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Active Special Models Make Opel’s Family More Attractive 4
Aug
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in new cars, opel, Opel Astra, Opel Cascada, Opel Corsa, Opel Karl, Opel Meriva, Opel Mokka, Opel Zafira, prices on 08 4th, 2016


Opel is entering the 2017 MY with a special offering that includes new Active special models in Germany.
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Opel Adds Affordable Easytronic 3.0 Automated Manual Gearbox To Karl, Adam, Corsa and Astra 17
Mar
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in opel, Opel Adam, Opel Astra, Opel Corsa, Opel Karl, vauxhall on 03 17th, 2016


Coming to support drivers who cannot afford the luxury of a fully automatic transmission, Opel has added the more affordable option of an automated manual gearbox on several models.
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Irmscher Revises The Karl, Opel’s Entry Level Model 15
Feb
Posted by Bogdan Zoltan in Irmscher, opel, Opel Karl, tuning on 02 15th, 2016


Opel’s cheapest offering, the Karl, has received a makeover from Irmscher.
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Opel Karl Gains IntelliLink And OnStar Tech 16
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Apple, Gadgets, Google, opel, Opel Karl, Tech on 12 16th, 2015


The smallest member of the Opel family has gained two new features, the IntelliLink system and the OnStar, at least in its home market – for now.
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All-New Tucson Tops Latest Euro NCAP Tests, Mazda MX-5 & Opel Karl Get 4 Stars 10
Oct
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in EuroNCAP, Galleries, Hyundai, Hyundai Tucson, opel, Opel Karl, vauxhall, Vauxhall Viva, video on 10 10th, 2015


Hyundai’s brand new Tucson SUV was awarded the maximum five star rating during Euro NCAP’s latest round of safety tests, while the Mazda MX-5 and the Opel Karl couldn’t secure a perfect rating.

The new generation Tucson achieved high scores in all areas of assessment, showing outstanding all-around safety, especially compared to its predecessor that was tested back in 2006. The new model also featured good safety assist systems, though AEB (Automatic Emergency Braking) technology wasn’t included in the final rating.

Further down the safety pecking order came the Mazda MX-5 with its four star rating – which isn’t a terrible result, considering that the Audi TT (somewhat of a rival) also didn’t score a full five stars.

The MX-5 behaved well in terms of all-round performance, and actually stood out during pedestrian protection tests thanks to its deployable bonnet fitted as standard. One disappointment however was the absence of AEB, where Euro NCAP officials considered that many similarly-priced cars in other segments offer this tech at least as an optional extra.

Finally, the Opel Karl city car (or Vauxhall Viva in the UK) also manged only four stars, despite the fact that its segment isn’t well known for excellent safety features.

Euro NCAP technicians also found that during the frontal offset test, the dummy’s head bottomed out the airbag and in the side pole impact test, the chest was poorly protected. Another issue with the Karl was that the driver slipped under the seatbelt during full-width rigid barrier testing, resulting in elevated risk at knee and femur injuries.

Even though it did secure four stars, there was a general consensus that with better optimized restraints, the Karl would have looked a bit more impressive.

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All-New Tucson Tops Latest Euro NCAP Tests, Mazda MX-5 & Opel Karl Get 4 Stars 10
Oct
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in EuroNCAP, Galleries, Hyundai, Hyundai Tucson, opel, Opel Karl, vauxhall, Vauxhall Viva, video on 10 10th, 2015


Hyundai’s brand new Tucson SUV was awarded the maximum five star rating during Euro NCAP’s latest round of safety tests, while the Mazda MX-5 and the Opel Karl couldn’t secure a perfect rating.

The new generation Tucson achieved high scores in all areas of assessment, showing outstanding all-around safety, especially compared to its predecessor that was tested back in 2006. The new model also featured good safety assist systems, though AEB (Automatic Emergency Braking) technology wasn’t included in the final rating.

Further down the safety pecking order came the Mazda MX-5 with its four star rating – which isn’t a terrible result, considering that the Audi TT (somewhat of a rival) also didn’t score a full five stars.

The MX-5 behaved well in terms of all-round performance, and actually stood out during pedestrian protection tests thanks to its deployable bonnet fitted as standard. One disappointment however was the absence of AEB, where Euro NCAP officials considered that many similarly-priced cars in other segments offer this tech at least as an optional extra.

Finally, the Opel Karl city car (or Vauxhall Viva in the UK) also manged only four stars, despite the fact that its segment isn’t well known for excellent safety features.

Euro NCAP technicians also found that during the frontal offset test, the dummy’s head bottomed out the airbag and in the side pole impact test, the chest was poorly protected. Another issue with the Karl was that the driver slipped under the seatbelt during full-width rigid barrier testing, resulting in elevated risk at knee and femur injuries.

Even though it did secure four stars, there was a general consensus that with better optimized restraints, the Karl would have looked a bit more impressive.

EURONCAP RESULTS

PHOTO GALLERY

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