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Europe's version of the all-new Holden Barina, which is due to arrive in Australia soon, has received a five-star safety rating from the European New Car Assessment Programme (EuroNCAP).

The Chevrolet Aveo, as the new Barina is known in Europe, performed strongly in key areas of adult and child occupant safety to place it amongst the best in its segment.

According to EuroNCAP, the Chevrolet Aveo hatchback secured 85 out of 100 points. This breaks-up into a score of 95 per cent in the adult occupant safety category and 87 per cent in child occupant safety. GM didn't disclosed the pedestrian protection score. However, Next Car has confirmed it was a lowly 54% (hence a lack of boasting).

Holden Executive Director, Sales, Marketing and Aftersales John Elsworth said the result was extremely pleasing and augurs well for local testing of the new Barina hatch by Australasian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP) later this year.

“This is a fantastic endorsement for GM’s new global light car,” he said.

“Barina has been designed to meet the highest occupant safety standards around the world and we’re very confident it will perform strongly here as well.”

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“It’s a really important part of Holden’s new small car portfolio, which focuses on safety, fun-to-drive performance, youthful styling and value for money.”

The Holden Barina will boast a high level of standard safety features when it goes on sale in Australia during October.

Barina will feature the active safety benefits of Electronic Stability Control (ESC), incorporating an anti-lock braking system, brake assist, electronic brakeforce distribution and traction control.

Occupants will be protected by a total of six airbags – dual front, front side impact and full length curtain airbags.

Barina is part of GM’s family of global vehicles and is sold as the Chevrolet Aveo in Europe and Asia and as the Chevrolet Sonic in North America.

Euro-NCAP's comments:

Adult occupant
The passenger compartment remained stable in the frontal impact. Dummy readings indicated good protection for the knees and femurs of both the driver and front passenger dummies and Chevrolet showed that a similar level of protection would be offered to occupants of different sizes and to those sat in different seating positions. The Aveo scored maximum points in the side barrier test, all body regions being well protected. Even in the more severe pole test, the chest was adequately protected. The seat and head restraint provided good protection against whiplash injuries in the event of a rear-end collision.

Child occupant
Maximum points were scored in the dynamic tests for the protection of the 3 year infant. The passenger airbag can be disabled to allow a rearward facing child restraint to be used in that seating position. Clear information is provided to the driver regarding the status of the airbag and the system was rewarded by Euro NCAP. Permanently attached labels also provide clear warnings that the passenger airbag should be disabled before a rearward facing child seat can be used in that position.

The bumper provided mostly good protection to pedestrians' legs. However, the front edge of the bonnet was predominantly poor. The bonnet provided good protection in most areas likely to be struck by the head of child but was mostly poor in those areas where an adult's head would strike.

Safety assist
Electronic stability control is standard equipment across the Aveo range, and met Euro NCAP's test requirements. The driver, front passenger and rear seats are all covered by a standard-fit seatelt reminder. A warning is given if the vehicle speed exceeds a limit se by the driver, a system that was also rewarded by Euro NCAP.


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