The 2014 Chevrolet Spark remains a pioneer for the minicar segment, becoming the first of its class to be named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) after only being eligible for the award for one year.
In order to be considered a Top Safety Pick, the 2014 Spark needed to achieve the highest possible “good” score on the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints tests, while also scoring an “acceptable” score on the new small overlap test.
“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 airbags.”
With a short wheelbase of only 93.5 inches, the Spark design team resorted to using a stronger front-end structure than ever before, allowing it to better absorb the impact when a crash occurs. Over 62% of the car’s under body is lightweight, high-strength steels, while 42% of its upper body is made of the material.
Along with this high-strength body, the 2014 Chevrolet Spark has a rollover sensing system, driver and passenger front knee airbags, and a multitude of other safety technologies, making it no surprise that the Spark was the first minicar to receive the IIHS Top Safety Pick rating.