General Motors Korea has announced that the Chevrolet Trax small crossover has been named the safest car of the year by Korea’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.
The Trax was the safest car among 11 vehicles tested by the Korean New Car Assesment Progran (KNCAP) this year, receiving a first class rating of 93.5 points in overall safety and the best score in the pedestrian safety category the KNCAP has ever awarded.
The testing in 2013 was more stringent than previous years. With the higher standards, eight different crash tests were conducted, being: frontal crash, frontal offset crash, side crash, pole side crash, whiplash, pedestrian protection, roll over and a braking test. In every test, the Trax received the maximum rating of five stars.
Chevrolet says safety has been maximized in the Trax through it’s stiff body structure, 66% of which is made from high-strength steel. Additionally, the Trax has driver, passenger and side curtain airbags as standard as well as a front bumper, hood, and breakable style windshield wipers designed for pedestrian protection.
“This is another important achievement for GM Korea,” said Steven Clarke, GM’s Consolidated International Operations Chief of Vehicle Engineering. “It demonstrates our commitment to offering world-class safety in all of our products to meet our customers’ expectations.”
The safety of the Trax was also recognized by the European New Car Assessment Program, who awarded it with a five star safety rating in May of this year.