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Latin NCAP latest results: from zero to hero

New Onix Plus scores five stars for both adult and child occupants and Advanced Award for Pedestrian Protection. Chery disappoints badly with zero stars result

The New Car Assessment Programme for Latin America and the Caribbean, Latin NCAP, sixth set of results of 2019 were released today with the replacement of the best-selling model in Latin America achieving five stars for adult and child protection, whilst a popular compact SUV scored an unacceptable zero stars.

The Chevrolet New Onix Plus, manufactured in Brazil, achieved five stars for Adult and Child Occupant Protection plus a Latin NCAP Advanced Awards for its Pedestrian Protection. The recently launched Chevrolet New Onix Plus offers Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and 6 airbags as standard: two frontal, two side body plus two curtain airbags. The New Onix Plus showed good performance in frontal, side and side pole impact for adult and child occupant protection. Chevrolet recommended to install both child dummies facing rearwards, following latest global best practices. This was confirmed with high protection score in the dynamic test for child occupants. The New Onix Plus offers Seatbelt Reminders (SBR) as standard in front and in the rear seats, which is a very relevant equipment not yet that common in Latin America. Moreover the New Onix Plus offers Pedestrian Protection as standard, according to United Nations Regulation and this relevant characteristic made the model earn a Latin NCAP Advanced Award. The New Chevrolet Onix Plus, that aims to substitute in the market the best-selling model in Brazil and in the region, is a milestone in vehicle safety offer in Latin America with a popular model offering such a level of basic safety equipment.

Latin NCAP recommends consumers from the region to only buy cars offering ESC.

The Chery Tiggo 3, manufactured in China, scored zero stars for Adult Occupant Protection and one star for Child Occupant Protection. The compact SUV offers double frontal airbags as standard but the high compression recorded in the driver chest in the frontal impact reached values beyond the biomechanical limits accepted by Latin NCAP, indicating high probability of life threatening injuries during the crash. The structure of the Tiggo 3 was rated as unstable and would not be able to withstand further loadings. Child Occupant Protection scored just one star due to the lack of recommendation of the manufacturer of Child Restraint Systems (CRS)s to be used in the test, lack of passenger airbag disabling switch, poor ISOFIX markings and CRS that failed the installation tests.

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