The Chevrolet Spark was just awarded the best possible score of five stars for its performance in the Korean New Car Assessment Program (KNCAP) crash test rating. The bow tie city car scored five stars in the front, side, and rear crash tests and also performed very well in the pedestrian and whiplash test, scoring four stars.
“The outstanding performance of our new mini-car in stringent NCAP testing reflects our attention to safety as well as eye-catching styling and great packaging. GM has made safety a focus as part of our ongoing commitment to design, build and sell the best vehicles in the world,” said Jack Keaton, vehicle line executive for General Motors’ Global Mini-Vehicles.
More than 66 percent of the Spark’s body, called the Matiz in South Korea and known as the Beat in India, is constructed of high-strength steel, with 16.5 percent comprised of ultra high-strength steel. The latter is predominantly used in the longitudinal member of the underbody as well as the front and center pillars in the side body structure. The Spark is expected to go on sale in the U.S. sometime in 2011.