Chevrolet Receives Four IIHS 2015 Top Safety Pick Ratings

At Chevrolet, your safety is our number one priority. That is why it comes as no surprise that four different Chevrolet models have received the 2015 Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The 2015 Spark, Volt, Malibu, and Equinox each proved that not only are they aesthetically pleasing and capable, but they are also some of the safest cars in the industry.

“Receiving this recognition from IIHS for the 2015 Spark, Volt, Malibu, and Equinox is great news for Chevrolet and even greater news for our customers,” said Steven Majoros, director Chevrolet Cars and Crossover Marketing.

 

To earn the 2015 Top Safety Pick rating, each of the four vehicles had to receive a ‘good’ or ‘acceptable’ rating in the challenging small overlap front test, which is the most difficult crash test out there. Each vehicle also had to receive a good rating in the IIHS’ four other tests.

Make sure you stop in to Stalker Chevrolet today to see the safe vehicles we have to offer!

Picking a Car for Your Teenager

Parents the school year will be here before you know it. And if you have a teenager, it’s likely they are itching to get behind the wheel and drive themselves to school. But the road isn’t always the safest place. Distractions like friends, loud music, and smartphones make teen drivers are more likely to be involved in an accident. As a parent it’s your job to teach you teen how to drive responsibly, but also make sure they’re driving in a safe vehicle.

Teen Driver Car Safety

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently released a list of recommended vehicles for teen drivers. This particular study was done after finding that many teen drivers were behind the wheel of vehicles that had poor safety performance.

While it’s typical for parents to pass down the used family vehicle to a new driver, you might want to consider what that actually means. You’d be putting a new driver behind the wheel of an older vehicle that may require a bit more skill and awareness to drive than a slightly newer vehicle.

Pricing was also a major factor in the discussion with parents. Parents admitted to spending about $9,800 on average; however the median price was $5,300. Finding a safe and inexpensive vehicle can be a challenge, the IIHS has only three vehicles on the list that fall below $5,300.

All of the IIHS picks start under $20,000 with many under $10,000. You can find the complete list here.

Here’s to a great school year and if you do decide to purchase a used car for your teenager we certainly hope this knowledge comes in handy.

Safety in a Subcompact? Meet the Chevy Spark.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is conducting new, tougher front-end collision testing.  11 subcompact sedans were tested, 1 passed.

The Chevrolet Spark was the only subcompact able to earn an acceptable rating in the crash test that involves cars to hit a barrier at 40 mph with the front quarter of the driver’s side.

Previous front collision testing was often restricted to head on collisions where engine parts and basic car designs can minimize damage. The “small-overlap” test accounts for a more realistic portrayal of a driver swerving to avoid a head on collision instead striking at an angle that puts more stress on the structure of the car.

Small cars have a major disadvantage in this area, making it even more impressive that the Chevy Spark was able to pass the portion of the IIHS testing.

2014 Chevrolet Spark
Chevrolet has worked to engineer a subcompact that still allows you to feel safe on the road.

More difficult testing like the “small-overlap” test have created a decrease in the number of IIHS top safety pick winners; sites like Automotive News have put the decrease near 70 percent.

While subcompacts in general aren’t built to handle major collisions like the one involved in this test, it’s good to know that the Chevrolet Spark was able to provide good injury measurements for all parts of the body.

Safety is important to keep in mind in any vehicle, regardless of size, and we’re glad to see that the engineers at Chevrolet and GM are doing their best to keep people safe on the road.