2012 Chevrolet Camaro gets the highest-possible score in NHTSA crash tests

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 17, 2011

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has given the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro a perfect rating on the front, side and rollover tests -- the first car to do so. On the other hand, the Ford Mustang only earned four of five stars in the front and side crash tests. This is a major deciding factor for potential buyers since the Camaro and Mustang GT have comparable horsepower.

The NHTSA has raised its standards since 2011. The agency conducts the front-end tests at 35 mph and the side crash at 38.5 mph.

It also does a slower 20 mph side-impact test against a narrow pole. The NHTSA makes use of a math formula to find out the likeliness of a rollover. Of course, there are other cars that are worth the consideration of enthusiasts. The NHTSA hasn’t tested all of the 2012 models yet, one of which is the Dodge Challenger.

The Honda Accord and Kia Optima were the next best-rated. They got five stars for all categories except for the side-impact tests where they only earned four.

Effortless styling has always been one of Chevrolet Camaro’s major characteristics. The car is a perennial head turner anywhere it goes. In fact, Oppenheiser considers performance, affordability and aesthetics among the new Camaro’s basic standards. Let’s find out more.

The new Camaro model’s V- nose now bears the latest HID headlamps. As usual, Chevrolet has equipped the front end with halo-shaped LED’s from Xenon. By all means, these two glowing accessories further enhance the very handsome bonnet and golden bow tie at the grille.

Considering Camaro’s strong and powerful V8 engine on the hood, Chevrolet made use of all the necessary sound insulation materials for a quieter interior environment. But since the brand usually represents refinement and simplicity, most parts of the interior have been designed under these standards. Still, Chevrolet added a few modern touches particularly on the ambient lighting, switches and dials. Also, the new centre console with rubber and chrome accents now has the climate and stereo control altogether.

Just like Chevrolet Corvette Z06’s big round chrome exhaust tips, the new Chevy Camaro also has a similar feature. The dual taillights in LED also highlight the rear part of the exterior, making it look just as stunning as the one at the front.

Press Release

2012 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe Aces NHTSA Crash Tests

The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe is the first vehicle to receive the highest possible five-star score in every individual safety rating segment of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s New Car Assessment Program since the federal testing procedures were revised for 2011.

The Camaro is designed to help drivers avoid crashes, while protecting occupants in the event a crash occurs. Standard safety features include:

  • New Rear Vision Package, which includes a new rearview camera system (standard on 2LT and 2SS; available on 1LT and 1SS).
  • Six standard air bags include head curtain side air bags, which provide added head and torso protection for outboard passengers in the event of a side-impact crash.
  • StabiliTrak electronic stability control helps the driver maintain control by comparing the path being steered by the driver with the actual response and, when necessary, applying the brakes or adjusting the throttle or a combination of both.
  • Standard four-wheel disc brake system featuring smooth, quiet operation and more resistance to brake fade.
  • Pretensioners to reduce forward movement and load-limiting retractors to help manage forces during a collision are standard on front safety belts.
  • Standard remote keyless entry system provides a second function for the red panic button. Drivers can use it to locate their cars without sounding the panic alarm.
  • Starting with 2011 models, NHTSA introduced tougher tests and more rigorous requirements for its five-star ratings that provide more information about safety feature performance and crash-avoidance technologies. Changes included a new side pole test simulating a 20-mph side-impact crash into a 10-inch-diameter pole or tree at a 75-degree angle just behind the A-pillar on the driver’s side.

In addition, new overall ratings which combine the results from the various tests, are provided. Under the revised program, the 2012 Camaro Coupe is the first vehicle to receive five stars in each individual rating segment and also receives five stars in the combined categories such as overall vehicle score.

The Camaro Convertible is not rated for the various crash segments since it has not yet been tested under the revised NCAP program, but it has received a five-star rollover rating.

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