Aveo Hasnt Made Gm Proud

By: Deepesh

In the middle of the steel issue, I really missed this one. Think of it no one in India picked this up either? The Chevrolet Aveo - yes the one recently launched in India and peddled by Saif and Rani for its superlative, mindblowing, etc performance - has received a two star rating in the Euro NCAP vehicle occupant safety tests. That's two-out-of-five, not exactly superlative or mindblowing. Euro NCAP was especially severe on the steering wheel design and placement. I wonder how this will affect GM India's prospects with the car. I also wonder how they will do the damage control.
Following is a news story that I picked up from just-auto which explains the rest.

BELGIUM: Chevrolet Aveo singled out in poor Euro NCAP tests
6 April 2006 Source: just-auto.com editorial team
In recent years, the increasing number of cars obtaining top marks for adult occupant protection in Euro NCAP's tests has led some to demand the introduction of a new benchmark and a sixth star.

However, results announced at the end of February by Euro NCAP prove that whilst some manufacturers are forging ahead in their safety development, others still have a long way to go.

Of the six cars tested by Euro NCAP in this recent phase, only two achieved the top five star accolade for occupant protection in Europe's leading independent crash tests.

The Chevrolet Aveo was singled out by Euro NCAP for the unacceptably high risk of life-threatening injury to the driver's chest, which was highlighted by the frontal test.

As a result, the car's final star was struck through. Although the Aveo scored enough points overall to qualify for three stars, Euro NCAP insists on a minimum level of performance in each of the frontal and side impacts. While the Aveo's performance in side impact was good, it did not score enough points in the frontal test to be given a three-star rating.

Yet, the Chevrolet was not the only car to come under Euro NCAP's scrutiny. The Kia Cerato had poor results in the side impact tests with a high risk of injury to the driver's chest.

In contrast, the Peugeot 207 joins the growing list of superminis to be awarded the five-star Euro NCAP rating in adult occupant protection, proving that even the smallest of cars can be safe on European roads.

The Alfa Romeo 159 also received impressive results for its adult occupant protection with a five-star Euro NCAP rating. This is the first Alfa Romeo to have received five stars in Euro NCAP's adult occupant protection test. More worrying were the Alfa Romeo's pedestrian protection results: only a one-star rating.

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