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2016 Chevrolet Spark

Minicar
2016 Chevrolet Spark
2016 Chevrolet Spark
Crashworthiness
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G

Crash avoidance & Mitigation
Front crash prevention
Crash avoidance rating
Basic
with optional
equipment

Child Seat Anchors (LATCH)
ease of use
A

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Model year Front overlap Side Roof strength Head restraints & seats Front crash prevention
Small Moderate
2016
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Basic
2015
A
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2014
A
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2013
A
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available

Applies to 2016 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
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 redesigned for the 2016 model year. Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by General Motors as part of frontal crash test verification.

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

Dummy movement was well controlled. The driver side curtain and side thorax airbags deployed during the crash. As the dummy moved forward into the frontal airbag, its head also contacted the side curtain airbag. The dummy then rebounded into the seat without its head coming close to any stiff structure that could cause injury.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2016 Chevrolet Spark 1LT 4-door
Weight 2,273 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front and rear seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 94 in.
Length 142 in.
Width 63 in.
Engine 1.4 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 31 mpg city / 41 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF1511
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 6
Left (cm) 11
Center (cm) 9
Right (cm) 7
Brake pedal (cm) 9
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 1
Right (cm) 1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) -2
Rearward (cm) -3
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 0

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF1511
Head
HIC-15 212
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.0
Extension bending moment (Nm) 16
Maximum Nij 0.27
Chest maximum compression (mm) 25
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.7
Femur force - right (kN) 2.1
Knee displacement - left (mm) 2
Knee displacement - right (mm) 3
Maximum tibia index - left 0.43
Maximum tibia index - right 0.59
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.9
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 3.4
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 58
Right 75

Applies to 2016 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
A
Pelvis/leg
A
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 redesigned for the 2016 model year. Two side tests of the Spark were conducted, one by the Institute and the other by General Motors as part of side crash test verification. Ratings are based on both tests, but the vehicle specifications shown below are based on the Institute’s test.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures from the dummies in the two tests, taken together, indicate that rib fractures and/or internal organ injuries would be possible in a crash of this severity. Fractures of the pelvis and left femur would also be possible.

Passenger — Measures from the dummies in the two tests, taken together, indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Head protection

Driver — In both tests, 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 — In both tests, 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 vehicle 2016 Chevrolet Spark 1LT 4-door
Weight 2,280 lbs.
Side airbags standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front and rear seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 94 in.
Length 143 in.
Width 63 in.
Engine 1.4 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 31 mpg city / 41 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTS1510 CES1610
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.
-13.5 -13.5

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS1510 CES1610
Head HIC-15 614 433
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.7 1.5
Compression (kN) 0.3 0.4
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 45 39
Lateral force (kN) 1.7 1.4
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 48 42
Average deflection (mm) 42 38
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 4.97 4.36
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 1.09 0.93
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 2.8 2.7
Acetabulum force (kN) 3.2 2.4
Combined force (kN) 6.1 5.1
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 1.6 1.5
L-M moment (Nm) 300 302
A-P moment (Nm) 38 55

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTS1510 CES1610
Head HIC-15 270 207
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.4 0.3
Compression (kN) 0.6 0.7
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 34 26
Lateral force (kN) 1.3 1.2
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 40 34
Average deflection (mm) 35 30
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 2.06 2.07
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.39 0.31
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.8 0.7
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.3 2.2
Combined force (kN) 3.0 2.6
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.8 0.8
L-M moment (Nm) 31 87
A-P moment (Nm) 69 38

Applies to 2016 models

System details

  • Optional Forward Collision Alert

Overall evaluation

Crash avoidance rating
Basic
with optional
equipment
1 point total

Forward collision warning

This system meets the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's criteria for forward collision warning.
1 point

Low-speed autobrake

Not available.
0 points

High-speed autobrake

Not available.
0 points

How this rating is determined

Applies to 2016 models

How this rating is determined

Overall evaluation

A
Vehicle trim 1LT
Seat type cloth

This vehicle has 2 rear seating positions with complete child seat attachment (LATCH) hardware.

1 3


Good
Acceptable
Marginal
Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
Tether anchor
Lower anchors
Lower anchor(s) can be borrowed from adjacent positions(s)
No hardware available

Details by seating position

1
Tether anchor
hard-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
3
Tether anchor
hard-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors

Seat position 21

3
Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 11
Clearance angle (degrees) 65
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 10
Clearance angle (degrees) 59
Tether anchor
Location Bottom seatback
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
Yes

Seat position 23

1
Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 14
Clearance angle (degrees) 58
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 16
Clearance angle (degrees) 64
Tether anchor
Location Bottom seatback
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
Yes
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

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