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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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Oct
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Kia, Kia Stonic, new cars, prices, UK on 10 16th, 2017


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Kia Stonic EV Is Under Consideration, Mild Hybrid Model Reportedly Coming In 2019 22
Sep
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Electric Vehicles, Kia, Kia Stonic, Reports on 09 22nd, 2017


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Kia Stonic Priced From £16,295 In The UK 19
Sep
Posted by Brad Anderson in Kia, Kia Stonic, prices, Reports, UK on 09 19th, 2017


Prices for the Kia Stonic will start at £16,295 ($22,021) in the UK when sales of the compact SUV commence on October 23.
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New Stonic Sub-Compact SUV Is The Most Customizable Kia Ever 12
Sep
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Frankfurt-Motor-Show, Kia, Kia Stonic, new cars on 09 12th, 2017


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New Kia Proceed Concept Is A Sexy Shooting Brake That Previews The Next Pro_Cee’d 7
Sep
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in concepts, Frankfurt-Motor-Show, Kia, Kia Concepts, Kia Picanto, Kia Sorento, Kia Stonic, new cars on 09 7th, 2017


It seems that Kia is looking to part ways with the classic look of the first two generations Pro_Cee'd, as the third one will be wrapped under an entirely new design.
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Kia’s New Stonic Sub-Compact SUV Detailed In New Gallery 14
Jul
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Galleries, Kia, Kia Stonic, new cars on 07 14th, 2017


Kia released a new gallery of the Stonic, a sub-compact crossover that aims to steal customers away from the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur, among others.
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New Kia Stonic Spells The Death Of Poor-Selling Venga 21
Jun
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Galleries, Kia, Kia Stonic, Kia Venga, new cars, Reports on 06 21st, 2017


Kia has no plans of keeping the Venga in production much longer now that the new Stonic is finally here.
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New Kia Stonic Sub-Compact SUV Officially Unveiled 20
Jun
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Kia, Kia Stonic, new cars on 06 20th, 2017


Kia has pulled the wraps off their new Stonic, a sub-compact SUV that aims to compete in the ever-busy B-SUV segment.
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2018 Kia Stonic Mini Crossover Gets An Early Reveal 20
Jun
Posted by John Halas in featured, Frankfurt-Motor-Show, Kia, Kia Stonic, new cars on 06 20th, 2017


Here’s our first look in and around Kia’s brand-new Stonic subcompact crossover that follows barely a week after the presentation of Hyundai’s Kona.
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Kia Shows New Stonic Small Crossover In Official Sketches 7
Jun
Posted by John Halas in Frankfurt-Motor-Show, Kia, Kia Stonic, new cars on 06 7th, 2017


Kia has officially named its new sub-compact SUV, the Stonic, with the Koreans also releasing the first sketches of the car, ahead of a market launch in the second half of the year.
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