We never thought the day would come when a European automaker receives a shameful Euro NCAP rating, given the fact that even ultra-entry level brands such as Renault’s Dacia have at least a medium protection level.
But here it goes: the recently updated 2015 Lancia Ypsilon supermini was recently tested by the independent organization and came up with a Chinese-level of safety: a disappointing two star rating and the test even resulted in a fire. The latest batch of testing performed this year, the organization took 15 new models, with a five star rating being awarded to the new BMW X1, Lexus RX, Mercedes-Benz GLC, Infiniti Q30, Jaguar XE, Jaguar XF, Opel/Vauxhall Astra, Kia Sportage, Kia Optima, Renault Megane, and the Renault Talisman. A lower four star rating was garnered by the MINI Clubman and the BM Z4 did another disappointing run, earning just three stars, just like Dacia models for example.
Meanwhile, the Lancia Ypsilon earned just two stars and after the offset frontal barrier test there was even a fire. Footage was not released but apparently the flames broke out in the engine compartment due to a battery short out. The brake fluid was then ignited, though Euro NCAP does say this is a “rare occurrence.” The sole offering of the brand is now in a disappointing state and FCA should act before the image of a one leading brand is forever tarnished. The end results for the Ypsilon were: 44% in adult occupant protection, 79% in child occupant protection, 64% for pedestrians, and 38% in terms of safety assist.