THIS cars scored the first ever zero-star Euro NCAP rating

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The performance SUV, which also won 2017 World Car Design of the Year at the 2017 World Car Awards, scored 93 per cent for adult occupant protection, 85 per cent for child occupant protection, and 80 per cent for pedestrian protection. With the European New Car Assessment Programme becoming increasingly exigent over the years, the Italian supermini is certainly showing its age as a effect of the more stringent tests.

The Punto was given 0% in the safety assist category; the first time this score has been given by Euro NCAP too.

"However, 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".

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New arrivals include the BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo, Hyundai Kona, Jaguar F-Pace, and Kia Stinger.

Today, Euro NCAP rounds off its busiest-ever year with new safety ratings for fifteen more vehicle models.

Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Programme) is an independent car safety assessment programme which tests cars for safety in four key areas.

Among other models now available or destined for NZ to score five stars in the latest round include the Jaguar F-Pace, Kia Stinger, fourth-generation BMW 6-series and Hyundai Kona.

Perhaps the biggest news - and an illustration of how much stricter safety standards have become - is that the venerable Fiat Punto is the first auto ever to be given zero stars in the tests.

The Jaguar F-Pace has added a five-star Euro NCAP rating to its 2017 World Car of the Year title.

The third generation of the Fiat Punto was rolled-out in the year 2005, which made it a 12-year-old model during the testing.

Michiel van Ratingen, "This is perhaps the strongest example of a manufacturer continuing to sell a product that is well past its best-before date, at the expense of the unsuspecting auto buyer".

"The results for Ford's C-Max cars disappoint. We would urge consumers to check our website for the latest ratings and to choose cars with the most up-to-date five-star ratings, many examples of which we have seen in 2017".

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