The latest #SaferCarsForIndia
crash test results were released to coincide with the inaugural Global NCAP
World Congress held in Delhi. Maruti Suzuki achieved an encouraging four star
result with the Vitara Brezza while Renault failed to impress with the zero
The Maruti Suzuki Vitara
Brezza with standard double airbags, ABS, and ISOFIX anchorages, achieved four
stars for Adult Occupant Protection and two stars for Child Occupant
protection. The Adult Occupant Protection was good and robust.
The Child Occupant Protection
rating was only two stars due to the forward facing positioning of the 18 month
old dummy in the test though the 3 year old dummy received good protection. The
markings for the ISOFIX anchorages were also incorrect according to Global NCAP
The Renault Lodgy without
airbags in its standard version achieved zero stars for Adult Occupant
Protection and two stars for Child Occupant Protection. The zero star result
was partly due to the lack of airbags which caused the head and chest to impact
the steering wheel. The car also showed an unstable structure during the crash
with deformations even in the rear door and a rupture in the footwell area during
the crash. The lack of ISOFIX anchorages meant that the child seats needed to
be installed with adult seatbelts, that could not prevent excessive forward
excursion of the 3 year old dummy which impacted its head on the driver seat
“Indian developed cars like
the Vitara Brezza together with the Tata Nexon, previously published in August,
are clear evidence of the steady improvement in the Indian automotive industry
and show a significant potential for much safer cars in the near future,” said David
Ward, Global NCAP Secretary General said,
“The four star result for
Maruti Suzuki’s Vitara Brezza is really impressive. It demonstrates clearly the
safety engineering capabilities of India’s leading vehicle manufacturer. It
also shows the beneficial effects of the Indian Government’s new crash test
standards helping to raise levels of vehicle safety. We are getting very close
now to seeing India’s first five star car. In contrast the zero star Renault
Lodgy is extremely disappointing. Global NCAP had hoped that Renault had
learned from the difficult experience they had with the Kwid. It’s time now for
Renault to make front air bags standard across their entire Indian product
range,” he added.
Safer Cars For India Campaign
was launched by the Global New Car Assessment Programme (Global NCAP) in 2014
with the objective of promoting safer vehicles in the country. Between 2014 and
2017 Global NCAP has completed more than twenty-five safety assessments which
have acted as an important catalyst in the safety improvement of Indian cars.
Meanwhile, the Global NCAP is
hosting its first ever World Congress in Delhi from September 26 – 29, 2018.
The Congress is bringing together the community of New Car Assessment
Programmes (NCAPs) worldwide to share experience about independent consumer
vehicle safety rating. The meeting will also provide a unique opportunity to
assess the contribution that safer vehicles can make to the United Nations’
Decade of Action for Road Safety and the Sustainable Development Goals.
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