Follows 4-Star Safety Rating from Euro NCAP
Seoul – GM’s global mini-car, the new Chevrolet Spark, has earned the top rating of five stars from the Korean New Car Assessment Program (KNCAP), which today released its safety ratings for new vehicles launched in Korea.
The Spark received a maximum five stars in KNCAP’s frontal crash test, offset frontal crash test and side crash test. The model had received a four-star rating from the European New Car Assessment Program (Euro NCAP) last November.
“The outstanding performance of our new mini-car in stringent NCAP testing reflects our attention to safety as well as eye-catching styling and great packaging,” said Jack Keaton, Vehicle Line Executive for GM’s Global Mini-Vehicle. “GM has made safety a focus as part of our ongoing commitment to build the best vehicles in the world.”
The overall KNCAP test results confirm the Spark ensures outstanding safety performance in collisions from all directions: front, side and rear. The Spark received a score of 15.1 percent out of 16 percent and a five-star rating in the frontal crash test at 56 km/h.
It also received a five-star rating in the offset frontal crash test at 64 km/h, and side crash test at 54 km/h against a moving deformable barrier. It scored a four-star rating in pedestrian protection, with the best scores ever (19.54 points out of a maximum 30 points) in every car category and the whiplash test.
The Spark’s global benchmark for safety has been recognized by Euro NCAP, coming within a single point of a maximum five-star rating.
In adult protection testing carried out by Euro NCAP, the Spark received the maximum score of 8 points in the side impact crash test against a moving deformable barrier. It also received a high score of 7.35 points out of 8 points in the side pole test, indicating solid passenger protection in the event of a more severe side collision.
In child protection testing, the Spark also scored maximum points in child restraint system dynamic performance tests, which evaluate child protection from possible injuries in various types of crashes. Crash test dummies representing 1.5-year-old and 3-year-old children were properly restrained by the Spark’s protective shell during side impact tests.
These achievements are the result of the Spark’s structural enhancements combined with a full offering of active and passive safety features. More than 66 percent of the mini-car’s body is constructed of high-strength steel, with 16.5 percent comprised of ultra-high-strength steel. The latter is mostly used in the longitudinal member of the underbody, and front and centre pillars in the side body structure.
In addition to its strong results in KNCAP and Euro NCAP testing, the Spark received a grade 1 rating from the Korea Insurance Development Institute (KIDI).