Ed Welburn, Vice President, Global Product Design, discusses the three Chevrolet Minicar Concepts. Just how much creativity can be put into a mini is driven home by the Chevy concepts showed in Frankfurt. They put the energy, diversity and excitement of urban life into attractive cars that offer fun, fuel economy and value. Visitors to the Frankfurt show can vote for their personal favourite on the internet www.vote4chevrolet.eu
Only 1 minicar out of 11 tested achieves an acceptable rating in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's small overlap front crash test, making these tiny vehicles the worst performing group of any evaluated so far.
The Chevrolet Spark's acceptable rating in the test, along with good ratings in the Institute's four other crashworthiness evaluations, earns the new minicar a 2014 TOP SAFETY PICK award. The Spark was among the initial award winners announced in December. The new small overlap test results for the rest of the minicar group mean that no other models in this size category join the Spark in the winner's circle yet.
December 2006 (Medialink) -- For the first time, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has tested the smallest vehicles sold in the US market, which gain popularity as fuel prices rise. Now these cars are rated for comparison of occupant protection in front, side, and rear crashes. The Nissan Versa earns good ratings in all three tests. Two other cars earn good ratings in front and side but not rear tests.
Crash test results indicate which vehicles in each weight category afford the best protection in real-world crashes, and this round of tests reveals big differences among the smallest cars.
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At this year’s New York International Auto Show, General Motors is showing off three mini concept cars collaborated from their design studios in ten different countries. The network of studios they have is far more powerful than if they were working individually. With the Globalization of design, consumers are finding out that they can still personalize the way their car looks on the outside with a new technology known as wrapping. Produced for General Motors
Urban drivers often pick mini and microcars because they’re affordable, fuel efficient, and easy to park on city streets. Fender-benders are hazards of urban driving, and just one of them can add up to thousands of dollars in repair costs because car bumpers don’t adequately protect vehicles from damage. None of the bumpers on 7 mini and microcars the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently tested earn the top rating of good, and just 1, the Smart Fortwo, is acceptable. Five out of the 7 earn poor ratings and 1 earns a marginal. The Institute evaluated results according to a new ratings protocol for low-speed tests that better represents the damage insurance claims centers assess daily.
The worst performer is the Kia Rio, which sustained $9,380 total damage in the 4 tests — 2 full-width impacts and 2 corner — to earn a poor rating. The Rio’s repair bill is worse than those of most other small and midsize cars and minivans the Institute has tested. This minicar racked up about $3,700 damage, or 30 percent of its purchase price, in the full-front test alone. The Toyota Yaris, Honda Fit, Hyundai Accent, and Mini Cooper also earn poor ratings for bumper performance.
The Smart Fortwo is best overall, with $3,281 total damage in 4 tests. Costs are relatively low for this microcar because its pre-painted plastic body panels are dent-resistant, inexpensive, and easy to replace. The Chevrolet Aveo, a minicar, is next best, with $4,490 total damage.
These are the first bumper test results released under a new Institute ratings protocol that’s based on repair costs averaged and weighted to reflect real-world damage patterns. These averaged and weighted repair costs determine each vehicle’s overall rating of good, acceptable, marginal, or poor in 4 bumper tests representing full-width and corner crashes at low speeds.
Weighted average repairs must be less than $500 for a good rating, less than $1,000 for acceptable and less than $1,500 for marginal. Repairs of $1,500 or more earn bumpers a poor rating.
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The Smart Fortwo has the strongest roof and the Chevrolet Aveo has the weakest among 2009 micro and minicars recently tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Smart earns the highest rating of good compared with acceptable for the Honda Fit, Hyundai Accent, Mini Cooper, and Toyota Yaris. The Aveo is rated marginal.
The rating system is based on Institute research showing that occupants in rollover crashes benefit from stronger roofs. Vehicles rated good must have roofs that are more than twice as strong as the current minimum federal safety standard requires. The ratings, products of the Institute's new roof strength testing program, add to consumer information tests that rate vehicles for front, side, and rear crashworthiness. The roof test is designed to help consumers pick vehicles that will help protect them in rollover crashes.
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Are Americans finally ready to downsize their rides for good? With up to a year long wait for the pint-size Smart car and the continued sales growth of the fashionable Mini brand, downsizing could be more than a fad. The switch to smaller, more fuel-efficient cars is something the US automakers are also working on.
At the Detroit Auto Show, General Motors bid for a piece of the growing segment by announcing production of the Chevrolet Spark. The all-new four-door mini-car, coming in at 11.5 feet in length, will be the company's smallest car to date. And with the unveiling of the new Ford Ka at the Paris Auto Show, Ford is considering manufacturing an American version of the popular European mini-car.
The Spark was originally shown as a concept at the 2007 New York Auto Show and GM's website was flooded with over 2 million votes to make it a real car. Sales will begin in Europe in the first quarter of 2010, followed by the US in 2011.
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In recent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests, the 2008 Smart Fortwo, the smallest car for sale in the US market, earned the top rating of good for front and side crash protection. Its seat/head restraints earned the second highest rating of acceptable for protection against whiplash in rear impacts. Smart Fortwo is classified a microcar, meaning it’s smaller even than minicars. Weighing about 1,800 pounds, the Smart is more than 3 feet shorter and almost 700 pounds lighter than a Mini Cooper.
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