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2014 Chevrolet Spark

Minicar

Crashworthiness
Front crash
prevention
Crash avoidance rating
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  • Small overlap front
    A
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front and rear seat-mounted torso airbags
2
Rollover sensor: designed to deploy the side curtain airbags in the event of an impending rollover
3
Driver and front passenger knee airbags: separate airbags in the lower instrument panel designed to minimize knee injuries in frontal crashes
4
Electronic stability control
5
Antilock brakes
6
Daytime running lights
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2014
A
G
G
G
G
2013
A
G
G
G
G

Applies to 2013-14 models

Overall evaluation
A
Structure and safety cage
M
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Hip/thigh
G
Lower leg/foot
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
A
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Chevrolet Spark was introduced in the 2013 model year.

Structure

The driver space was not maintained well, with maximum intrusion of the upper interior of 13-14 cm at the upper hinge pillar and instrument panel. Maximum intrusion of the lower interior was 14 cm at the hinge pillar. The steering column was pushed back 9 cm toward the driver.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

The dummy’s movement was reasonably well controlled. The dummy’s head contacted the frontal airbag but nearly slid off the left side, leaving the head vulnerable to contact with forward side structure. The side curtain airbag deployed but does not have sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with forward side structure and outside objects.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2013 Chevrolet Spark LS 4-door
Weight 2,302 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front and rear seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase94 in.
Length145 in.
Width63 in.
Engine1.2 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings28 mpg city / 37 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEN1335
Lower hinge pillar max (cm)14
Footrest (cm)9
Lower occupant compartment
Left toepan (cm)4
Brake pedal (cm)4
Parking brake (cm)
Rocker panel lateral average (cm)4
Steering column9
Upper hinge pillar max (cm)13
Upper occupant compartment
Upper dash (cm)14
Lower instrument panel (cm)11

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEN1335
Head
HIC-1597
Peak gs at hard contact
Neck
Tension (kN)1.0
Extension bending moment (Nm)14
Maximum Nij 0.24
Chest maximum compression (mm)24
Femur (kN)
Left4.3
Right0.8
Knee displacement (mm)
Left9
Right1
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left2
Right0
Maximum tibia index
Left0.72
Right0.50
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left2.3
Right1.6
Foot acceleration (g)
Left130
Right59

Applies to 2013-14 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
A
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Chevrolet Spark was introduced in the 2013 model year.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the neck, chest, and both legs indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. A high head acceleration occurred when the dummy's head hit the steering wheel through the airbag, indicating that head injuries would be possible.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. The driver side curtain airbag deployed during the crash. After the dummy moved forward into the frontal airbag, its head contacted the side curtain airbag.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2013 Chevrolet Spark LS 4-door
Weight 2,307 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front and rear seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase94 in.
Length145 in.
Width63 in.
Engine1.2 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings28 mpg city / 37 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEF1306
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)5
Left (cm)6
Center (cm)7
Right (cm)5
Brake pedal (cm)7
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)1
Right (cm)1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)-3
Rearward (cm)4
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)0

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEF1306
Head
HIC-15459
Peak gs at hard contact74
Neck
Tension (kN)1.2
Extension bending moment (Nm)10
Maximum Nij 0.30
Chest maximum compression (mm)28
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)0.4
Femur force - right (kN)0.7
Knee displacement - left (mm)1
Knee displacement - right (mm)0
Maximum tibia index - left0.42
Maximum tibia index - right0.51
Tibia axial force - left (kN)2.9
Tibia axial force - right (kN)3.7
Foot acceleration (g)
Left85
Right81

Applies to 2013-14 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
A
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

The Chevrolet Spark was introduced in the 2013 model year.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Head protection

Driver — The dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Passenger — The dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2013 Chevrolet Spark LS 4-door
Weight 2,312 lbs.
Side airbagsstandard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front and rear seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase94 in.
Length145 in.
Width63 in.
Engine1.2 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings28 mpg city / 37 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCES1307
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm)
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.
-10.5

Driver injury measures

Test IDCES1307
Head HIC-15316
Neck
Tension (kN)1.1
Compression (kN)0.4
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)35
Lateral force (kN)1.6
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)32
Average deflection (mm)29
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)5.03
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.60
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)1.4
Acetabulum force (kN)2.3
Combined force (kN)3.7
Left femur
L-M force (kN)1.3
L-M moment (Nm)220
A-P moment (Nm) -27

Passenger injury measures

Test IDCES1307
Head HIC-15104
Neck
Tension (kN)0.1
Compression (kN)0.3
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)4
Lateral force (kN)0.3
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)40
Average deflection (mm)32
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)3.10
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.41
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)0.7
Acetabulum force (kN)1.7
Combined force (kN)2.4
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.8
L-M moment (Nm)147
A-P moment (Nm) 62

Applies to 2013-14 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight2,296 lbs
Peak force10,166 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio4.43
Tested vehicle
2013 Chevrolet Spark LS 4-door
Roof strength test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

In the test, the strength of the roof is determined by pushing a metal plate against one side of it at a slow but constant speed. The force applied relative to the vehicle's weight is known as the strength-to-weight ratio. This graph shows how the ratio varied as the test of this vehicle progressed. The peak strength-to-weight ratio recorded at any time before the roof is crushed 5 inches is the key measurement of roof strength.

A good rating requires a strength-to-weight ratio of at least 4. In other words, the roof must withstand a force of at least 4 times the vehicle's weight before the plate crushes the roof by 5 inches. For an acceptable rating, the minimum required strength-to-weight ratio is 3.25. For a marginal rating, it is 2.5. Anything lower than that is poor.

How this test is conducted

Applies to 2013-14 models

Overall evaluation
G
Dynamic rating
G
Seat/head restraint geometry
G
Important: Ratings for head restraints & seats should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Manual cloth seat

How this test is conducted

Seat typeManual cloth seat
Geometry
Backset (mm)14
Distance below top of head (mm)16
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)11.9
Head contact time (ms)47
Force ratingLow
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)0
Max neck tension (N)235

Applies to 2013-14 models

Overall evaluation

Crash avoidance rating
Not Available
0 points total

Forward collision warning

Not available.
0 points

Low-speed autobrake

Not available.
0 points

High-speed autobrake

Not available.
0 points

How this rating is determined

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