Fiat Panda scores a shocking 0 star safety rating in crash test

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Euro NCAP has released its latest batch of nine crash-test results, with the Fiat Panda scoring zero stars and the new Jeep Wrangler managing just one.

An FCA Australia spokesperson told GoAuto: "Safety is something we take incredibly seriously, and every other member of our Jeep family of vehicles wears a five-star safety rating with pride, whether they have been crash-tested by ANCAP in Australia or by Euro NCAP".

Unlike Global NCAP that tests cars that are made in India too, the Euro NCAP tests have far more parameters. Child occupant safety was a tad better at 69 percent.

"It is truly disappointing to see a brand-new auto being put on sale in 2018 with no autonomous braking system and no lane assistance", said Michiel van Ratingen, the secretary general of Euro NCAP, in a statement. "It is high time we saw a product from the Fiat Chrysler group offering safety to rival its competitors". In the frontal offset test, Euro NCAP reported that the "connection between the A-pillar and the trans-facia beam was damaged in a way that indicated the structure would be unable to withstand higher loads". Another part of the report talked about how the deformation of the footwell showed the limit of the structure's integrity.

Even the models scoring five stars were not ideal as for instance the Hyundai Santa Fe had an issue with side curtain airbags and could not be torn while the BMW X5 failed to deploy knee airbag correctly.

The remaining five were praised by Euro NCAP.

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In the offset test, driver chest protection was rated as weak, while leg protection was marginal.

Remember how the Fiat Punto scored a dismal zero stars in a Euro NCAP test?

"This result proves that Volvo Cars continues to be an industry leader in safety, constantly pushing the envelope in advancing new technology", said in a statement Malin Ekholm, head of the Volvo Cars Safety Centre. It does not even offer lane keep assist, speed assistance, autonomous emergency braking as optional features with seatbelt reminder being the only standard safety equipment.

The Panda was originally tested when the latest generation first went on sale in 2011, attaining a four star rating. It scored 45 per cent for adult occupant safety.

The test score, which came out overnight in Europe, showed that the left-hand-drive four-door Wrangler tested scored poorly in one of four categories it was marked under.

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