Fiat Punto received it’s first ever zero-star rating since testing began twenty years ago, reports the Express.
The re-release of the 2005 version failed to provide key safety technologies such as autonomous emergency braking and lane assist, therefore achieving a zero per cent rating for “safety assist”.
Matthew Avery, director of research for Thatcham Research, said: “Euro NCAP frequently raises the bar in its testing regime, and the FIAT Punto’s adult occupant protection score of 51 per cent is more than 30 per cent below the average for the Superminis tested in 2017.”
Avery commented that the real shock was the three-star rating the Punto had received by other car markers.
He continued: “Some great strides have been made in car safety this year; 72 per cent of the cars tested achieved a five-star Euro NCAP rating, versus 56 per cent in 2016.
“But December’s test results have shown that some carmakers are choosing not to fit potentially life-saving safety technology as standard, despite an overall trend to the contrary in 2017.
“It’s about decision making, some are choosing to prioritise the fitment of technologies to support drivers and bring down accident rates, others are not.
“This is now imperative. From the beginning of 2018 vehicles without standard-fit AEB systems won’t be able to achieve a five-star Euro NCAP rating.”