Chevrolet Spark awarded IIHS Top Safety Pick Award
Spark defeats ten other superminis to take Top Safety Pick Award
Only supermini to achieve acceptable rating in small overlap crash test
Spark becomes first-ever supermini to achieve Top Safety Pick accolade
24 January 2014 – The Chevrolet Spark has been named as the first-ever supermini to win the coveted IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) Top Safety Pick award in the United States.
The Spark recently underwent the IIHS’ latest and most exposing crash test – the small overlap test – in which 25% of the vehicle’s front corner on the driver’s side is impacted by a solid object at 64 km/h, mimicking a large proportion of often fatal road accidents.
Competing against ten other small vehicles, the Spark has been revealed as the only entrant to achieve a score of ‘Acceptable’, the other vehicles either scoring ‘Marginal’ or ‘Poor’.
The Spark’s Acceptable performance in the small overlap test – a test which reveals inherent and previously untested weaknesses in a vehicle’s frontal structure – coupled to its ‘Good’ ratings in all other IIHS tests (the highest possible score) enable it to win the 2014 Top Safety Pick Award, marking the first time that a small car has performed well enough to be given the honour.
Says IIHS Senior Vice President for Vehicle Research Joe Nolan: “Small, lightweight vehicles have an inherent safety disadvantage. That’s why it’s even more important to choose one with the best occupant protection.”