The poor score can be attributed to the lack of airbags as the structure was rated as stable in the frontal crash test. A side impact test was not performed as it failed the frontal test. Interestingly, the restraint system for small child was forward facing, rather than rear-facing, and that it lacks proper instructions for Child Restraint System installation. The crash-test child dummies recorded high readings during the test.
It's quite a contrast to the Spark sold in Europe which features six airbags as standard – it was awarded 4 stars by Euro NCAP. The Spark is one of GM's top-selling hatchbacks in countries like Mexico and Colombia, and is imported from Talegaon, Maharashtra.
Chevrolet India is working on the next-gen Chevrolet Beat, which is expected to launch in early 2017. It will spawn a crossover (Chevrolet Beat Activ) and sub-4m sedan (Chevrolet Beat Essentia) as well.