Fiat Panda gets zero-star Euro NCAP rating

Fiat Panda gets zero-star Euro NCAP rating

EUROPE'S independent New Car Assessment Program (Euro NCAP) has awarded Jeep's new fourth-generation Wrangler a lowly one-star safety rating, saying it lags far behind its competitors on safety.

Despite the headline-grabbing zero-star rating for the FIAT Panda and one-star rated Jeep Wrangler, six cars with excellent safety credentials have been launched in December. In fact, the lane-keep assist and emergency braking are not standard on the Euro-spec new Jeep Wrangler.

"It is truly disappointing to see a brand new vehicle being put on sale in 2018 with no autonomous braking system and no lane assistance".

The Jeep Wrangler fared little better, receiving just a one star rating. In its statement to Roadshow, a Fiat Chrysler spokesperson said that an integrated radar and camera module nestled behind the rearview mirror will give the 2019 Wrangler both automatic braking and adaptive cruise control capabilities.

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This time previous year the Fiat Punto got a zero star rating from Euro NCAP in their latest round of testing, and just eight months later Fiat withdrew it from sale and sent it to the Fiat showroom in the sky. "Deformation of the footwell showed that the structure had reached the limit of its integrity", read part of the report. The Wrangler scored 50% for adult protection. Fiat Panda also performed badly in whiplash protection for rear seat passengers and also where chest protection for front seat occupants is concerned. "The Fiat Panda complies with all safety legislation in every country in which it is sold".

The company says the Jeep is designed for demanding off-road driving and that "testing protocols that apply exclusively to urban scenarios may not align with such a vehicle".

The Wrangler also carries Australian Design Rule (ADR) approval for use on Australian roads, despite any safety score issued by crash test authorities. "This latest award from Euro NCAP confirms the I-PACEs exceptional safety standards", JLR Senior Project Leader Body Engineering Simon Black said.

The Wrangler will arrive in Australia in the first quarter of next year.

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