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Most minicars fail new crash test; Fiat 500, Honda Fit worst

Published on Jan 23, 2014 6:09 AM
 
A man walks near a red Fiat 500 car in downtown Milan, on Dec 16, 2013. Subcompact cars including the Fiat 500 and Honda Fit performed the worst of any vehicle segment so far in a tough new test that assesses what happens when the front corner of a vehicle hits another car, a utility pole or tree. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

DETROIT (REUTERS) - Subcompact cars including the Fiat 500 and Honda Fit performed the worst of any vehicle segment so far in a tough new test that assesses what happens when the front corner of a vehicle hits another car, a utility pole or tree.

Only one of 11 minicars tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety won an overall "acceptable" rating in the so-called small overlap front crash test, the Chevrolet Spark made by General Motors Co, IIHS said on Wednesday.

The Honda Fit and Fiat 500, made by No. 3 United States (US) automaker Chrysler Group LLC, were the worst performers.

The results prompted Consumer Reports magazine to drop its recommendation of the Fit on Wednesday. Consumer Reports said, however, that it expected the upcoming, newly redesigned 2015 Fit to pass the test "based on the newness of its design and Honda's recent accomplishments with this stringent test".

 
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