The Fiat Argo hatchback and its sedan sibling, the Fiat Cronos, are comparatively new to the motoring scene within the Southern Hemisphere. The Argo arrived first in 2017 adopted by the Cronos a year later to serve Latin American markets, however crash-test information is not good. Following a sequence of checks performed by Latin NCAP, the most recent variations of each automobiles obtained a zero-star score.
The poor crash efficiency displays on structural and technological deficiencies. The Fiat automobiles don’t function digital stability management as normal gear, by no means thoughts different options like computerized emergency braking that at the moment are widespread on many automobiles. Side airbags additionally aren’t normal gear, which contributed to the poor displaying.
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In affect testing, the automobiles had been evaluated for frontal affect, aspect affect, whiplash, and pedestrian safety, and solely managed a poor-to-average rating at finest in frontal safety. According to Latin NCAP, The Fiat twins exhibited an unstable structure in frontal collisions, with poor efficiency for aspect affect and whiplash safety.
Pedestrian safety was additionally rated low, particularly as regards to passive security since there are not any normal computerized braking methods. The report did spotlight “decent” safety for kids, however a scarcity of marking per Latin NCAP necessities affected the rating. In reality, pedestrian safety for the Argo and Cronos was the bottom since Latin NCAP started monitoring this metric in 2020.
The zero-star score led Latin NCAP to reevaluate its score of 2019 Argo/Cronos fashions, which beforehand had a three-star score for grownup occupants and a four-star score for kids. After the audit, the score was downgraded to zero-star for grownup occupants.
“If it would not have been tested we would not know about the low safety that the Fiat Argo/Cronos offers not only to its customers, but to all the people that coexist on the streets with this type of vehicle,” mentioned Latin NCAP Chairman Stephan Brodziak. “Fiat adds another low-safety car to the list of cars that do not adequately protect road users. We make a call to Fiat to shift towards safer cars.”