Euro NCAP names supermini Chevrolet Aveo as “Best in Class” tested in 2011

Article by Anita Panait, on February 10, 2012

Euro NCAP has named the Chevrolet Aveo as the “best in class” in 2011 for the supermini segment, after the car earned high safety scores from judges.  The Aveo gained 85 out of a possible 100 Euro NCAP points, topping its segment. The car particularly impressed Euro NCAP judges with its key safety features, bagging 95 points in the adult occupant protection criterion, and 87 points in the child occupant protection gauge. The Aveo is fitted with six standard airbags that are linked to the sensors installed at the center of the vehicle. The car also features a child-seat latching system.

The Aveo’s active safety features include electronic stability control, traction control, a four-channel anti-lock braking system with brake assist, and electronic brake force distribution. The supermini is also installed with a hill-start assist and cruise control and speed limiter function "We take safety very seriously at Chevrolet and this class-leading result for the New Chevrolet Aveo proves this entirely," said Mark Terry, Managing Director of Chevrolet UK. 

Terry added that company’s whole model line-up provides faultless safety credentials, the majority of which has achieved a five star rating. Terry remarked that these safety features bring “great peace of mind” to its customers. 

Chevrolet's current model line-up all carries Euro NCAP five-star ratings – the Aveo, the Cruze, Captiva, Orlando and Volt. The Volt made it to the line after it was recently cleared by U.S. regulators over a possible fire risk on its battery pack. With five Chevrolet cars carrying five-star safety badges, the company has proven that its cars score high in cost safety and road safety.

An all-new Chevrolet Aveo will go on sale summer 2011, with a new design that is aimed at expanding on the success of the nameplate in the very competitive small car market. It should be noted that before the launch of the Chevrolet Cruze, the brand’s best-selling car globally was the Aveo. The Aveo will be available as either a 5-door hatch or a sedan, with each one promising superior ride and handling characteristics, as well as an athletic and sophisticated design, fuel efficiency, and roominess.

The new Aveo is truly a compelling choice for young drivers, or for those who are style-conscious. It also complements a wide range of new and exciting Chevrolet designs set to be launched in 2011, which is the carmaker’s centennial year.

Wayne Brannon, Chevrolet Europe President and Managing Director, says that it is an exciting time for Chevrolet as the company not only has new entries to the compact and MPV classes, but it has a completely new car in the Aveo. The car, he adds, is ready to compete with the best cars in the small-car segment, also Europe's largest segment.

Aveo’s latest edition is an all-new car that features an entirely redesigned exterior as well as passenger cabin, an upgraded range of low-emission and fuel-efficient engines, and a newly developed body structure and chassis.

Additionally, the Chevrolet Aveo was engineered to make day-to-day driving in a small vehicle a more enjoyable and more dynamic experience, while also delivering hands-on solutions and practical value. And to ensure responsive handling, the company’s engineers developed a new chassis for the car that is one of the most rigid chassis in its segment.

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