Latin NCAP continues to show concern and disappointment for cars produced by General Motors and sold in South America and the Caribbean, after the Chevrolet Spark GT has miserably failed to get any stars.
Assembled in India and popular among consumers in Mexico and Colombia, the city car was tested in the frontal crash test, in its most basic version that lacks airbags and proper instructions for the installation of the Child Restraint System.
“This is another disappointment from General Motors, especially in a model that has the potential to offer high protection levels, as it did when its basic version equipped with 6 airbags was tested by Euro NCAP in 2009 and scored four stars. It is unacceptable that the European version of the Spark GT, which included airbags, is offered at a similar price to the Latin American version, which has no airbags“, said Alejandro Furas, Latin NCAP’s Secretary General.
General Motors is in the middle of a scandal in South America due to its cars’ horrendous performance on crash tests. The automotive giant has been reached by Global NCAP earlier this year in an unprecedented measure, through a letter sent to the company’s CEO, Mary Barra, asking for safety improvements. In turn, GM said that it plans to spend approximately $5 billion to improve the cars it sells throughout Latin America, by fitting them with two airbags and three-point seatbelts for all occupants.