Geely scores zero in crash test

Tuesday, 16 Nov 2010, 14:11


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There are plenty of videos on the internet of Chinese manufactured cars performing scarily badly in crash tests, but as most are a couple of years old it could be thought that the likes of Geely had upped its game slightly.

But that appears to be wishful thinking, as a south American crash assessment gave the Geely CK 1 1.3 precisely zero stars out of a possible five for adult occupation protection.

It may look like a Mercedes from the front or a Toyota Corolla from the back but it’s the Geely CK1 (see below) – a car made in China.

This is actually the first time a car tested scored zero points in the NCAP test, which is why several motoring websites worldwide have stated that this car would belong to the most dangerous in the world.

The testers described protection for the driver as being "Poor for most body regions." They went on to say that there was: "Significant collapse of the body shell during test." The Geely CK1 doesn’t even have a single air bag or ESP or ABS brakes.

The Chinese brand Geely Automobile Holdings sold more than 340.000 cars in 2009.

Other cars that were tested alongside the Geely were Toyota Corolla Wei, Chevrolet Meriva, Fiat Palio, VW Golf and the Peugeot 207 compact.

No car scored higher than four stars – the Toyota Corolla achieved that honour – and three – the Fiat Palio, Volkswagen Gol and Peugeot 207 – all managed just a solitary point when tested without airbags.

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