Two Chevrolets score full marks in safety tests

The Chevrolet Aveo hatchback and the Chevrolet Orlando MPV have recently joined the five-star club alongside the Cruze saloon which has held the maximum rating since 2009.

According to Chevrolet, the latest safety ratings thrusts the GM-owned brand to the front of the class with one of the ‘safest model ranges on the market for passengers’.

The Aveo hatchback, set for release in this autumn, achieved an average score of 85 per cent thanks mainly to scores of 95 per cent and 87 per cent in the adult occupant and child occupant protection categories.

Chevrolet’s Orlando MPV also scored well in the same areas with scores of 95 per cent in the adult occupant protection category and 79 per cent for child occupants – slightly worse than the new Aveo hatchback.

“Both the Orlando and the new Aveo hatchback provide formidable levels of safety. Safety matters a lot to us and we are delighted that these two vehicles have earned the top European rating,” said Wayne Brannon, President and Managing Director, Chevrolet Europe.

The Cruze saloon, when tested in 2009, achieved the highest ever score in the passenger protection tests at that time becoming the first Chevrolet to claim all five stars, and the Orlando’s safety aids and resources are based on those of the Cruze.

The Aveo on the other hand has had a slightly more up-to-date revamp of safety equipment with a child-seat latching system, hill start assist and a four-channel anti-lock braking system with brake assist allowing it to score slightly higher than the MPV.