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Latin NCAP joins worldwide NCAP consumer testing

19 October 2010

Consumers in Latin America and the Caribbean can now compare the safety performance of new cars from leading global brands.

Latin NCAP was launched on 18th October simultaneously in Montevideo, Uruguay and São Paolo, Brazil. On the same day, the new association released test results of nine cars from the small vehicle class using the same frontal impact test that is included in Euro NCAP’s test programme.

Latin America is a rapidly growing automobile market and source of vehicle production. It is also experiencing high levels of road fatalities and serious injuries.

Latin NCAP is the first independent programme to be established in one of the world’s newly motorising regions; it is a historic step forward in the availability of consumer crash test information.

The programme is expected to contribute to the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, which could save five million lives on the world’s roads if successfully implemented.

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