THIS cars scored the first ever zero-star Euro NCAP rating

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Despite the Fiat getting a zero-star Euro NCAP rating, its the three-star ratings for carmakers that have delivered five-star cars in the recent past which are most surprising, comments Avery.

Fiat Punto received the first zero-star rating since testing began 20 years ago, in the final Euro NCAP test results of the year.

Thatcham's director of research, Matthew Avery, explained: "Lane leep assist systems actively steer awary from road edges and lane markings to prevent risky run-off-road and head-on collisions".

With a mere 51% adult occupant score, an insufficient 43 percent child score, and a 52% pedestrian safety rating, the old Italian hatchback falls way behind this segment's counterparts. Superminis like the new Polo, the Fiesta and the Ibiza now come with advanced safety technology as standard, offering the best in crash avoidance and crash protection.

Six cars tested this month received a three-star rating.

THIS cars scored the first ever zero-star Euro NCAP rating
THIS cars scored the first ever zero-star Euro NCAP rating

December wasn't much different, with Euro NCAP rounding off its busiest-ever year by awarding five stars to the likes of the Hyundai Kona, the Kia Stinger, the fourth generation BMW 6 series and the Jaguar F-Pace released early last year.

Euro NCAP's rating scheme requires cars to score a minimum number of points in all four areas of assessment to qualify for even one star. They then took out those that only offered automatic emergency braking (AEB) as a cost option rather than as standard equipment, because this is considered a crucial feature in helping to save lives. 72% of the cars tested achieved a five-star Euro NCAP rating, versus 56% in 2016.

"The fact that older cars can not compete illustrates the pace at which the vehicle industry is innovating safety and the willingness and ability of competitive manufacturers to meet the highest standards".

"It's about decision making - some are choosing to prioritise the fitment of technologies to support drivers and bring down accident rates".

"From the beginning of 2018 vehicles without standard-fit AEB systems won't be able to achieve a five-star Euro NCAP rating", added Avery.

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