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Latest safety ratings out

2009-11-26 09:21

The Chevrolet Cruze undergoing frontal impact testing.

Chevrolet Spark
Chevrolet Cruze
Citroen DS3
Mazda 3
Mercedes E-Class
Opel Astra
Toyota Urban Cruiser
VW Scirocco

Euro NCAP has announced safety ratings for 12 cars, including three that will shortly be making their way to South Africa.

Ten of the vehicles achieved the maximum five points in the overall rating using the new scoring method.

The latest results dished up quite a few surprises.

Chevrolet was the biggest with its Cruze sedan scoring five points and the all-new Spark (due in South Africa in the second half of 2010) scoring four in the overall ratings. The Spark missed out on the maximum five stars since it was not fitted with electronic stability control as standard.

These results are especially notable following the Aveo's woeful appearance in 2006 when the car received a one star strikethrough result in testing.

Dr Michiel van Ratingen, Euro NCAP’s secretary general says: "We congratulate Chevrolet. The company has bounced back with two cars that have a commendable level of safety performance.

"The result from Toyota is disappointing, but in 2010, we predict further results like these as Euro NCAP’s next stage of the rating scheme kicks in and requirements become even tougher."

Toyota's Urban Cruiser received an overall rating of three stars.

In other testing, the BMW X1, Citroën DS3, Mazda3, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Opel Astra and Volkswagen Scirocco all scored five star results. 


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