Fiat Punto axed following zero-star safety rating
After scoring a poor safety rating in 2017, Fiat's 13-year-old Ford Fiesta rival has been taken off sale...
The Fiat Punto small hatchback has been axed after 13 years on sale.
Fiat's rival to the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa had been on sale in its current form since 2005, but last year became the first car in Euro NCAP's history to be awarded a zero-star rating for safety.
The test gave the Punto scores of 51%, 43% and 52% respectively for protecting adults, children and pedestrians in the event of an accident – for comparison, the Ford Fiesta scored 87%, 84% and 64% in the same three tests. But because the Punto offers no modern safety aids, such as lane-keeping assistance, automatic emergency braking or even a seatbelt reminder, it scored 0% in Euro NCAP's fourth category of testing, which is designed to test assistance technology, and therefore gained no stars overall from the testing body.