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Chevrolet Aveo/Sonic Fails Latin NCAP Tests Despite The Addition Of Airbags 15
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Chevrolet, Chevrolet Aveo, Chevrolet Videos, Chevy Sonic, Galleries, Global NCAP, Nissan Kicks, Nissan Murano, Nissan Videos, Reports, video on 12 15th, 2017

Latin NCAP continue to express their concerns with vehicles sold at South American markets after the Chevrolet Aveo became the latest in a string of cars to fail their tests.

Otherwise known as Chevrolet Sonic north of the border, the Aveo is one of the best selling cars in Mexico, and it scored zero stars in Latin NCAP’s latest crash test session, despite being equipped with 2 standard front airbags, unlike the model tested in 2015.

In the frontal impact test, the subcompact car “recorded poor protection to the chest of the driver, even with airbags”, Latin NCAP notes, adding that “the structural performance was rated as unstable, which explains also the movement of the steering column and pedals, increasing the risk of injuries to the driver”.

The Aveo’s side impact protection was rated as ‘adequate’ to ‘good’, thanks to “good energy absorption features”, whereas the child occupant protection “showed improvements” from the model tested two years ago.

“Latin NCAP showed, once again, that just adding airbags will not make a car safe when the structure is unstable”, said the organization’s Secretary General Alejandro Furas. “We call for GM to bring the same safety levels offered as standard by them in other markets to Latin America very soon.”

The safety specialists also tested the Nissan Kicks during their latest session, which failed to achieve the maximum 5-star safety rating. The subcompact SUV, which will launch in the USA next spring, scored 4 stars for both adult occupant and child occupant protection, after it “showed an unstable structural and footwell area performance in the frontal crash test”.

Finally, the Nissan Murano was subjected to the frontal and pole side impact tests as well and was awarded with a 5-star safety rating.



Crash Tests Reveal South Africa’s Most Popular Cars Are Worryingly Unsafe 26
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Chery, Datsun, Datsun Go, Datsun Videos, Global NCAP, renault, Renault Sandero, Renault Videos, Reports, south-africa, TOYOTA, Toyota Etios, Toyota Videos, video, VW, VW Polo, VW Videos on 11 26th, 2017

Combining for 65% of all new cars sold in South Africa last year were the VW Polo Vivo, Datsun Go+, Toyota Etios, Renault Sandero and the Chery QQ3, a group of five extremely popular models.

Thanks to Global NCAP grabbing the entry-level version of each of these cars and testing their safety, we now know just how well they could protect occupants in the event of a crash.

While talking about the first ever crash-worthiness test for cars sold in Africa, Global NCAP chairman Lauchlan McIntosh says that such programs have led to safer cars being delivered in markets such as South America, India and the ASEAN region over the past five years.

“Working closely with our partners at the Automobile Association of South Africa and with the welcome support of the FIA Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies, our new campaign is an important first milestone on the road to Safer Cars for Africa.”

David Ward, secretary general of Global NCAP, added that “It is good to see a four star result in these first ever African crash test ratings. However, it’s extremely disappointing that there’s a zero star car. Such a poor result shows why it is so important for countries like South Africa to fully apply the UN’s crash test standards.”

Let’s run through these results and start with the only car here which achieved a four star rating for adult occupant protection.

Toyota Etios

The Etios’ structure was rated at stable during its frontal crash test, which was conducted at 64 km/h (39 mph). This model also came with seat belts with pretensioners for both front passengers, and achieved a three star rating for child occupant protection when Toyota-recommended child seats where used.

It’s worth noting that only the Etios and the Renault Sandero offer standard ISOFIX anchorages for the outboard rear positions and three-point seat belt for all passengers.

Renault Sandero

Like the Etios, the Sandero’s structure was also rated as “stable” during its frontal collision test, offering acceptable adult occupation protection. It wasn’t quite as good as the Toyota, but it did do better in the child occupant protection test where it achieved four stars – the best in the group.

Volkswagen Polo Vivo

The Polo Vivo delivered similar results to the Sandero as far as adult occupant protection is concerned. Also like the Sandero, it did not come with seat belt pretensioners. However, using child seats recommended by VW, the Polo Vivo only managed a three star rating for child protection.

Datsun GO+

Here’s where this list shifts from acceptable to downright scary. The Datsun GO+ achieved a one star rating for its poor driver occupant protection, and a two star rating for child occupant protection using child seats.

The dummy inside the car suffered chest damage (impact with the steering wheel, despite the airbag) during the frontal collision test, and the vehicle’s structure was rated unstable overall. There was also no airbag for the passenger.

Chery QQ3

Like Mr Ward said, the Chery QQ3’s performance was extremely disappointing. It achieved a zero star rating and its structure was deemed unstable as it collapsed during impact – resulting in injuries to the dummy’s head and chest.

Aside from not featuring any airbags, this car also didn’t have a manufacturer-recommended child seat, which explains why it received a zero star rating for child occupant protection as well.



Ford Ka Fails Latin NCAP’s Tests, Scores 0 Stars For Adult Occupant Protection [w/Video] 26
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Ford, Ford Figo, Ford Ka, Ford Videos, Global NCAP, video on 10 26th, 2017

The Ford Ka is now the latest in a long string of cars to have failed Latin NCAP crash tests.
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Base Renault Duster Scores Disastrous 0 Stars In Global NCAP 10
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Global NCAP, India, renault, Renault Duster, Renault Videos, Reports, video on 05 10th, 2017

The Renault Duster doesn’t only fall short on safety, but it miserably fails to achieve any stars as well.
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All-New Audi A5, Volvo S90, Hyundai Ioniq Score Top Marks With ANCAP, i20 Falls Behind 21
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in audi, Audi A5, Australia, Global NCAP, Hyundai, Hyundai i20, hyundai ioniq, New Zealand, Reports, video, VOLVO, Volvo S90 on 03 21st, 2017

While physically tested by Euro NCAP, the safety organization's partner in Australia and New Zealand, ANCAP (the Australasian New Car Assessment Program), has released their results for the latest Audi A5, Volvo S90 and Hyundai's Ioniq and i20.

We'll remind that you that ANCAP plans to fully align its testing and protocols with EuroNCAP by 2018. The transitioning from a unique Australian standard to a program identical to EuroNCAP started in 2015, with ANCAP using a combination of both European and local standards.
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ASEAN NCAP Gives The 2017 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport A 5-Star Rating 22
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Global NCAP, Mitsubishi, Mitsubishi Pajero, Reports on 12 22nd, 2016

Coming out a winner in Latin NCAP's and ANCAP's tests, the new Mitsubishi Pajero Sport has been awarded with a maximum five-star safety rating from ASEAN ANCAP.
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Nissan Murano Fails In Latin NCAP’s Test, Scores Just Two Stars In Adult Occupant Protection 16
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Global NCAP, nissan, Nissan Murano, Nissan Videos, video on 12 16th, 2016

The new Nissan Murano failed to achieve a satisfactory rating in Latin NCAP's safety assessment program.
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Chevrolet Spark GT Gets ZERO Stars In Crash Tests 20
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Chevrolet, Chevrolet Spark, Chevrolet Videos, Global NCAP, safety, video on 09 20th, 2016

Latin NCAP continues to show concern and disappointment for cars produced by General Motors and sold in South America and the Caribbean, after the Chevrolet Spark GT has miserably failed to get any stars.
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Renault Kwid Still Fails Miserably At Global NCAP Tests Despite Improvements 19
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Global NCAP, honda, Honda Videos, renault, Renault Kwid, Renault Videos, safety, video on 09 19th, 2016

Renault's small pseudo-SUV, the Kwid, continues to disappoint in Global NCAP's crash tests.
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India-Made Cars Collapse In Global NCAP’s Tests [w/Video] 17
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Global NCAP, Hyundai, Hyundai Eon, India, Mahindra, renault, Renault Kwid, Suzuki, Suzuki Celerio, video on 05 17th, 2016

By no means are all cars made equal, but when it comes to safety, some very serious concerns are raised by a series of crash tests.
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