The Chevrolet Beat has been crash tested at the Latin NCAP and has scored 0 stars for both adult and child occupants with the lack of airbags.
General Motors India had sent the Chevrolet Beat to Latin NCAP for crash test and the hatchback failed the test. The Latin NCAP gave the India made Beat 0 stars for both adult and child occupant protection. The major reason behind the failure in this crash test was the base variant having no airbags on offer.
However, the structure of the Chevrolet Beat was rated as stable in the frontal crash test. The hatchback wasn’t tested for side impact as it already scored 0 stars in all departments with the frontal crash. The child occupant protection’s 0 rating was because of improper installation of Child Restraint System by General Motors.
Usually, the restraint system for child is rear-facing but in this test, GM had installed it forward facing and hence failed the frontal test totally. Otherwise, the American carmaker would have managed to get a star or two with a rear-facing restraint.
The Chevrolet Beat is sold as Spark GT in Mexico and Columbia and is a popular hatchback in these markets. It is being manufactured in GM’s Talegaon plant and exported from India. Having such low scores might hit the sales of the hatch in these markets. GM is coming up with a next generation Beat soon which will hopefully come equipped with airbags as standard.
Chevrolet Beat Crash Test
– Chevrolet Beat scores 0 at Latin NCAP crash test
– Both adult and child occupant protection failed the test
– Base variant without airbags was tested
– Structure of the Beat has been rated stable by Latin NCAP