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#6 of 31 Chevrolet Aveo: disastrous NCAP crash results
Mar 12, 2006 (3:35 pm)
Before you buy this car be advised that it got only one and a half stars out of 5 in the European independent insurance front end crash test at 40 miles/hr.
The test was so disastrous that the frame folded i.e. broke resulting in serious injuries to the driver.
Based on these results certain GM importers in Europe have declined to import this car for sale.
You can read more about these tests by "Google" NCAP crash test.
Chevrolet Aveo: disastrous NCAP crash results
In recent years, the increasing number of cars obtaining top marks for adult occupant protection in Euro NCAPís tests has led some to demand the introduction of a new benchmark and a sixth star. However, results announced today 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 Europeís leading independent crash tests. The 2006/2007 Chevrolet Aveo has been singled out by Euro NCAP for the unacceptable high risk of life-threatening injury to the driverís chest, which was highlighted by the frontal test. As shown in the image to the right, the Aveo suffered severe intrusion to the passenger cabin for a modern car. (See results PDF).
As a result, the carís 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 Aveoís performance in side impact was good, it did not score enough points in the frontal test to be given a three-star rating.
#7 of 31 Re: Chevrolet Aveo: disastrous NCAP crash results [kris14]
Mar 14, 2006 (7:50 am)
Those European statistics don't mean anything here in the U.S. where the Aveo is the safest sub-compact on the road with a 5 star frontal crash test (the best rating), and now has side air bags as standard for 2006.
If this European test included other small cars that are sold here you would have quite a few more recognizable names to talk about, but until that happens the Aveo is as safe a car as any of its size.
#9 of 31 Aveo Crash Tests
Mar 19, 2006 (10:36 pm)
A) The Euro crash test is for the 2007+ Aveo, not the 2004-2006. Considering the previous generation Daewoo Lanos (Aveo predecessor) did better than the 2000+ aveo, I hope that the present Aveo also would have done better. Of course there is no way to really know, since it has not been tested in an offset, as far as I know.
B) The Aveo did as good as (Accent) or better than (Rio, Scion xB) all of its competitors in the US crash tests. If you are going to buy a small car in the US, this is your safest choice - until the Fit and Yaris are here.
#10 of 31 Re: Aveo Crash Tests [muffin_man]
Mar 21, 2006 (5:50 pm)
A) The Chevy Aveo tested by Euro NCAP was the 2006 model with side airbags as clearly indicated in their official report. It rated overall one and a half stars for safety with a red strike through indicating life threatening injury to the driver. Specifically, it rated 3 points out of 16 in the offset front crash test. You can download the detailed official report from their internet site.
B) The Kia Rio 2005 model rated overall 4 stars out of 5 in the NCAP test.
Euro NCAP has tested 70 super-miniís and 38 small family cars since 1998. The Aveo, which is considered a small family car, is at the very bottom when these 108 cars are rated.
All the other cars but a few rate between 3 and 5 stars. 14 cars out of the 108 cars got 5 stars out of 5.
#11 of 31 Re: Aveo Crash Tests [kris14]
Mar 22, 2006 (7:55 am)
Interesting, but again U.S. testing shows 5 star frontal crash testing with this car, and now it has the side bags for 2006.
#12 of 31 Re: Aveo Crash Tests [poncho167]
Mar 22, 2006 (5:23 pm)
The Euro NCAP tests are more severe and realistic than our governmentís tests. The NCAP frontal test takes place at 40 miles/hr and is offset whereas our government test is straight on into a wall at 35 miles/hr.
#13 of 31 Clock Reset, Again...
Mar 22, 2006 (10:56 pm)
What is the consensus on the clock reset issue? My otherwise flawless '05 just started doing it after 14 months of trouble-free ownership. Thanks.
#14 of 31 Re: Aveo Crash Tests [kris14]
Mar 23, 2006 (6:29 am)
They may be more severe but we are in America and we need to follow our set standards of testing to equally evaluate like cars. Why put a scare into a possible buyer based on some foreign test that is irrelevant.
#15 of 31 Re: Aveo Crash Tests [poncho167]
Mar 23, 2006 (10:38 pm)
The NCAP test is indeed for the "redesigned" 2007 Aveo sedan.
If one looks at the NCAP PDF and look at the picture for the 2007 aveo (just search 2007 chevrolet aveo on google), and you'll see it's the same car.
Although they're similar, the new Aveo sedan is quite different in terms of length, width, etc. compared to the previous generation. So GM slipped the safety this time around. The "current 2006" models is still good.
Just to note that the 2007 model tested by NCAP will be available in North America as the 2007 model starting mid this year (2006)