ZURICH – The Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle with extended range capability and Chevrolet’s new flagship in Europe, the Malibu, have both been awarded a top five-star rating by the European New Car Assessment Program (Euro NCAP), which released its latest results today.
“The results confirm that both vehicles meet today’s highest safety standards. The Volt’s safety performance and propulsion concept highlight the reliability and practicality that is inherent to this outstanding design,” said Wayne Brannon, president and managing director of Chevrolet Europe.
Euro NCAP is the latest third-party organization to give the Volt top marks. In April 2011, the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) named the car its “Top Safety Pick” while the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded the car a five-star rating.
The Volt is the first electric vehicle from an American manufacturer to receive Euro NCAP’s top rating in all categories.
The new Chevrolet Malibu is the first to be sold in Europe and the eighth generation of the Malibu, the auto industry’s longest-running midsize nameplate, spanning six decades and 35 years. The European edition will be equipped with six air bags and a comprehensive range of chassis control systems.
Earlier this year, the Aveo hatchback – currently the safest car in its segment – the Chevrolet Orlando and the Captiva SUV were awarded a five-star rating. The brand’s best-selling nameplate, the Chevrolet Cruze sedan, too, has earned Euro NCAP’s top safety award.