Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Punto Gets Zero NCAP Rating

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Punto Gets Zero NCAP Rating

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THE Fiat Punto has received a zero-star Euro NCAP safety rating, becoming the first car in the programme's 20-year history to do so.

On sale since 2005, the current-generation mid-size Italian hatchback was reexamined for 2017, having originally been tested in its launch year. Back then, it received a five-star rating and no major revisions have been made to the vehicle since its original release.

Euro NCAP - European New Car Assessment Programme - was established in 1997 to create an independent standard for consumers to compare vehicle safety.

A car must score a minimum number of points in all categories to qualify for at least a one-star rating. The Punto performed well enough in adult and child occupant safety, as well as pedestrian protection, to be on track to receive a two-star rating - scoring 51 per cent, 43 per cent and 52 per cent score in each respective category. …

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