General Motors joins Latin NCAP five stars club

General Motors joins Latin NCAP five stars club

The New Car Assessment Programme for Latin America and the Caribbean, Latin NCAP, recently published the Chevrolet Cruze result, the first ever model from the brand reaching five stars for adult occupants .

Chevrolet is one of the best-selling car brands in Latin America with very strong presence in all markets. Therefore, many Chevrolet models have been tested by Latin NCAP since 2010.

While Chevrolet was offering top safety levels in market like United States, in Latin America top selling models tested showed low safety ratings, like zero star results. The Cruze´s result is a clear milestone in Latin America’s Chevrolet safety policy and following clear leadership calls, the manufacturer seems to steer not only for safer cars but also to lead car safety in Latin America.

David Ward, Global NCAP President and CEO said:

Some years ago Mary Barra (Chair and CEO) pledged that General Motors would ‘speak up for safety’ so it’s great to see the company finally achieve its first ever Latin NCAP five star score. The progress made by GM is very welcome and shows that Latin NCAP’s constructive dialogue with GM’s senior leadership has been worthwhile. Let’s hope that the Chevrolet Cruze’s five star result will be the first of many across the full range of GM’s Latin American product range”.

Alejandro Furas, Latin NCAP Secretary General said:

We have been testing many popular cars from GM during all these years and we were expecting this kind of signal. There is still a long way to go to flood the fleet offer with five stars models but Chevrolet has shown in their very reach history that when they propose a goal General Motors really make it happen. Latin NCAP looks forwards to Chevrolet’s safety leadership in Latin America to build a five stars fleet.

We hope this first five stars GM result encourages other global manufacturers such as PSA group, Renault, Hyundai-Kia and Suzuki, among others, to follow this example and haven’t yet achieved this kind of result in Latin NCAP tests”.

Chevrolet Cruze (6 airbags)

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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 one hounded cars, all results available at .

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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