Another example of GM skimping on quality to save a buck.
It's extremely rare to find a new car on sale in Europe or North America with a disappointing crash test score. Though some iffy results are disclosed every now and again, we're more often than not presented with extremely safe cars that exceed the safety ratings of their predecessors. Other territories, though, aren't quite as fortunate, as the latest crash test results and reports from Latin NCAP on the Chevrolet Spark GT
As stated in Latin NCAP's official report on the base spec Chevrolet Spark GT used in these tests, the car isn't what you'd call "good" when it comes to occupant protection. In fact, it would be more appropriate to describe its performance as abysmal, as the Spark GT was "awarded" a 0/5 stars score in terms of adult and child protection. In fact, Latin NCAP was especially surprised to see the lack of any airbags and a forward-facing child protection system in the Spark GT, when industry trends are now resulting in multiple airbags and rearward-facing child restraints becoming more commonplace.
If that weren't embarrassing enough for General Motors, it's also worth pointing out that this isn't the first GM car to perform poorly in Latin NCAP crash tests. Earlier this year, the Chevrolet Sail sedan received a zero-stars rating for adult occupancy, with the same result being awarded to the Chevrolet Aveo sedan tested in November 2015. Unsurprisingly, Latin NCAP is feeling rather "disillusioned" with General Motors' apparent lack of concern towards vehicle safety in the Latin American market - especially when nigh-on identical cars fitted with the necessary safety gear can perform well in other territories' crash tests. Hopefully GM rectifies these issues sooner rather than later.