The Geely CK, which is sold without airbags in Latin countries and the Caribbean, scores zero stars in the same 64km/h frontal-impact test used in Australia.
The best of the nine cars ranked in the first Latin NCAP testing is the Toyota Corolla with four stars, but four of the cars are sold without airbags and scored poorly.
The Geely did, however, manage two stars for child occupant protection although the NCAP results point to "significant collapse of the bodyshell during test".
Latin NCAP joins a growing worldwide safety push through independent crash testing and evaluation of life-saving motoring technology. “We are introducing Latin NCAP to Latin America and the Caribbean because we want to see a dramatic improvement in the safety of cars across our region. Our ultimate and most important aim is to save people’s lives," says Nani Rodriguez, executive secretary of Latin NCAP.
The nine cars tested are among the most popular models sold in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Latin NCAP scores:
Geely CK (no airbags) - zero stars
Fiat Palio (no airbags) - two stars
Fiat Palio with airbags - three stars
VW Gol (Subs: correct) (no airbags) - one star Peugeot 207 (no airbags) - one star Peugeot 207 with airbags - two stars Chevrolet Meriva - three stars Toyota Corolla - four stars