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Korean New Car Assessment Program (KNCAP) Grants Chevrolet Trax Top Safety Rating

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Achieves best score ever in pedestrian protection Follows five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP

Seoul – Chevrolet's all-new small SUV, the Trax, was awarded the top safety rating by the Korean New Car Assessment Program (KNCAP), which released its latest results today.

It received 93.5 points in the testing of new vehicles launched in the first half of this year in Korea. Even though the Trax was evaluated under the more stringent 2013 KNCAP protocol, it proved to be the safest car among the five vehicles tested.

In every crash test conducted by KNCAP, the Trax received the maximum five stars. It had perfect scores in the 56 km/h frontal crash test and side pole crash test.

KNCAP reported that the Trax provided good protection for pedestrians in all areas and scored the highest number of points since the new category was created in 2008.

“The Trax has joined GM Korea’s Spark, Aveo, Cruze, Orlando, Malibu and Alpheon in receiving the top safety rating from KNCAP,” said Dongseok Kim, GM Korea Director of Safety Integration. “This is helping make our products more popular with car buyers across Korea.”

The Trax was awarded the top five-star rating by the independent consumer organization European New Car Assessment Program (Euro NCAP) in May 2013. The Trax achieved maximum points in the side barrier test, providing occupants with good protection for all body regions. Good scores were also received for frontal impact, while the Trax provided good protection against whiplash injury thanks to adjustable seat and head restraints.

Safety is maximized in the Trax through a sturdy body structure, 66 percent of which is made of high-strength steel. The Trax has adopted the Body Frame Integral System, which connects the upper frame and infrastructure of the chassis. This system offers a solid and firm structure for stable high-speed driving and smooth, sophisticated handling.

The Trax comes with six driver, passenger and side curtain air bags as standard and its roof can endure 4.2 times its own weight to protect occupants in an accident.

It also comes with Electronic Stability Control (ESC), the Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), the Traction Control System (TCS), Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA) and Hill Start Assist (HSA). In addition, the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) – which is only available as an option on other models – comes standard on all trim levels of the Trax to further enhance driving safety.