Back in 2009, the (European) New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) put the Chevy Cruze through its barrage of crash tests.
The results were impressive, as the compact Delta-based Chevy earned five stars and was rated 96 percent for adult occupants and 84 percent for child occupants but only 34 percent for pedestrians, with the organization noting the following: “The bumper scored maximum points for the protection offered to pedestrians’ legs. However, the front edge of the bonnet provided poor protection and scored no points. The bonnet offered predominantly marginal protection in most areas where the head of child might strike and poor protection in those areas likely to be struck by an adult’s head.”
We’re sure The General will improve on all of these items with the next-generation Chevy Cruze. In the meantime, watch NCAP’s video:
NCAP performs its tests in the following way:
- Frontal impact test takes place at 64 Km/h with 40 percent of the width of the car striking a deformable barrier
- Side impact test takes place at 50 Km/h with the driver’s door impacting a mobile deformable barrier
- Pole test takes place at 29 Km/h with the car propelled sideways into a rigid pole