Chevrolet’s New Small Car Draws Top Safety Rating in Europe
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND -- The new Chevrolet Aveo hatchback, which will be sold as the Chevrolet Sonic in North America beginning this fall, received a top five-star safety rating from the European New Car Assessment Program (EuroNCAP).
In Europe, it's sold as the Aveo; in North America it's the Sonic.
EuroNCAP released its latest results this week.
According to EuroNCAP, the Chevrolet Aveo hatchback secured 85 out of 100 points, which places it among the best in its segment.
In the key areas of adult and child occupant protection, the Aveo, achieved 95 and 87 percent of the maximum possible score, respectively.
In North America, the Sonic is equipped with 10 standard airbags that are connected to the sensing and diagnostic modules mounted into the centerline of the car. It also features a child-seat latching system. The car's active safety systems include electronic stability control, traction control, a four-channel anti-lock braking system with brake assist, and electronic brake force distribution.
The new Aveo was launched in Europe in spring 2011. It is part of a wave of new-car launches in Europe for 2011, Chevrolet's centennial year.