Polo and Corolla reach top safety ratings with pedestrian protection
09.26.2017

Latin NCAP’s fifth round of results for 2017 were released today with encouraging results from Toyota Corolla and Volkswagen Polo, both models achieving best star rating possible for adult and child occupants.

The recently launched Volkswagen Polo, produced in Brazil, offers five stars protection for adult occupant protection and five stars for child occupant protection. The model was assessed in frontal impact, side impact and side pole impact tests, all across the model range. The standard fitted side thorax-head airbags showed robust performance in both side impact scenarios. The Electronic Stability Control (ESC) meets the Latin NCAP fitment rate conditions, matched the required performance criteria in the test. In reference child’s safety, the Polo is i-size approved and offers ISOFIX anchorages, airbag disconnection switch and 3 point belts for all passengers as standard allowing it to achieve top stars in Child Occupant Protection. The Polo offers Pedestrian Protection as standard, which allowed the model to receive the Latin NCAP Advanced Award for such an important safety feature.

The recently updated Toyota Corolla to 7 airbags and ESC standard achieved five stars for Adult Occupant Protection and five stars for Child Occupant Protection. The model was previously tested in 2014 and reached five stars for adult occupants; it was now re-assessed according to the latest protocol and audited in different versions from different plants. The good performance in the frontal, side and side pole impact tests and the ESC, that met Latin NCAP requirements, let the Corolla reach the five stars for Adult Occupant Protection. The five stars Child Occupant Protection showed once again a Toyota car, that placing 3 years old dummy rearward facing is possible and that this brings relevant benefits to the child protection in a frontal crash. Latin NCAP also audited the US made version of the Corolla, that sources some markets in the region, in the frontal crash as it was already tested in the side impact in 2014 showing also satisfying results at the five stars level. The Corolla also received the Latin NCAP Advanced Award for its pedestrian protection. The result of the Corolla is valid for all Corollas as from September 2017.

 

Alejandro Furas, Secretary General of Latin NCAP said:

“These results are very promising. It is a clear message for governments, consumers, car manufacturers that have invested in better safety and for those who still are delaying safety improvements in our region. These latest results are a consequence of consumers’ reaction and market response as they are bringing five star safety levels way above and earlier than any governmental regulation in the entire region. We also believe it is very important to have Latin NCAP results available as soon as a new model is launched into the market, so that consumers don’t need to wait for months until they get this information. Imagine how far we can go if all cars in the market are tested by Latin NCAP, then consumers will have the proper safety performance information of each model when buying a new car. It is possible and is feasible. Let’s push for safer cars in Latin America now.”

Ricardo Morales Rubio, Latin NCAP Chairman said:

"These two popular models clearly show that it is possible to offer locally produced models with five star safety levels in 2017, which will hopefully encourage other car makers to follow Toyota and Volkswagen steps. Manufacturers are showing commitment towards safer cars despite the lack of solid safety regulations throughout the region. These results demonstrates to governments the capacity of the manufacturers and that there is no excuse to postponing the adoption of minimum worldwide regulations that are focused on to save lives of consumers from Latin America and the Caribbean."

The sixth round of Latin NCAP results will be released in October.

Volkswagen Polo

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Toyota Corolla

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About Latin NCAP

The Latin New Car Assessment Programme, Latin NCAP, was launched in 2010 to develop a regional system of independent crashworthiness and safety rating across Latin America and Caribbean (LAC). Latin NCAP replicates similar consumer testing programmes developed over the last thirty years in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia, and which have proved to be very effective in improving the safety of motor vehicles. Since 2010 Latin NCAP has published the results of more than eighty cars in eight test phases.

Latin NCAP acknowledges the support received by the Global New Car Assessment Programme (Global NCAP), International Consumer Research and Testing (ICRT), FIA Foundation, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Road Safety Initiative.

Latin NCAP is an Associate member of Global NCAP and supports the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 and the Stop the Crash Partnership.

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