IIHS Gives 2014 Chevrolet Spark Top Safety Pick Distinction
While subcompacts are normally esteemed for their unbeatable fuel economy, many people shy away from them because of their apparent lack of safety. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives 2014 Chevrolet Spark Top Safety Pick distinction, making it the first minicar to receive the honor.
“Spark’s impressive performance in IIHS’s most stringent test yet demonstrates the intensive efforts of our global safety team to deliver big safety in a small package,” said Gay Kent, General Motors general director of Vehicle Safety and Crashworthiness. “Spark’s safety structure makes extensive use of high-strength and ultra-high-strength steels and its robust passenger protection package includes 10 standard air bags.”
Because the 2014 Chevrolet Spark only has a 93.5-inch wheelbase, making the car crashworthy can be difficult—there isn’t much space for it to absorb the impact. In order to counter the small wheelbase, Chevrolet strengthened the car’s front end, making it more dependable in front-end collisions.
With a lightweight steel body, a rollover sensing system, and many airbags throughout the car, it’s no surprise the 2014 Spark was the first minicar to be recognized as an IIHS Top Safety Pick.
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