all-new Mahindra Thar has got a 4-star safety rating from Global NCAP. Global NCAP, a major programme of the Towards
Zero Foundation, a UK based charity working internationally in support of the
UN Decade of Action for Road Safety, has awarded the 4-Star safety rating to
the all-new Mahindra Thar. The official Global NCAP test for the All-New Thar
was conducted in Germany recently.
is in stark contrast to some other Indian vehicles that performed badly in
similar crash tests conducted by Global NCAP more than a week back. The Maruti Suzuki S-Presso
achieved zero stars for adult occupant protection and two stars for child
occupant protection. Hyundai’s Grand i10 Nios achieved two stars for adult
occupant protection and two stars for child occupant protection. The Kia Seltos
achieved three stars for adult occupant protection and two stars for child
to the Thar, the vehicle achieved four star rating for both adult and child
occupants in the new round of #SaferCarsForIndia crash tests. The recently
launched Mahindra Thar was tested in its basic safety specification, two
airbags, and reached 4 stars for adult and child occupants. The Thar also meets
the side impact UN 95 regulation.
NCAP also tested Thar’s Electronic Stability Control according to UN regulation.
ESC is not fitted as standard on the Thar and although the model met minimum
regulatory requirements, the car showed an unstable dynamic behaviour. Global
NCAP recommends a review and improvement.
Furas, Secretary General of Global NCAP said, “Mahindra’s commitment to safer
cars is once again displayed for consumers and shows that it is possible to
offer good safety performance in the Indian market. It is encouraging to see
manufacturers that also offer high levels of protection for children traveling
in their vehicles. The Thar demonstrates the capacity of Mahindra to improve
its fleet safety.”
a press statement, David Ward, President of the Towards Zero Foundation said, “Another
good result for Mahindra which shows the manufacturer’s commitment to safety.
It is very satisfying to see this growing vehicle safety trend in the Indian
car market, which combines minimum regulatory requirements with the purchasing
power of #SaferCarsforIndia informed consumers, helping to drive demand for
ever safer vehicles.”
Thar offers double frontal airbags as standard. Driver and passenger’s head and
neck showed good protection. Driver’s chest offered adequate protection and
passenger chest showed good protection. The structure was rated as stable but
the footwell area was rated as unstable, not being capable of withstanding
further loadings. Both adult knee areas were optimizsd to reduce significant
injuries. Both child occupants received almost full protection during the test.
The Thar offers standard ISOFIX anchorages and top tether together with 3 point
belts for all seating positions.
R, Chief of Global Product Development, Automotive Division, M&M Ltd.,
said, “This is a proud moment for Mahindra as the 4-star rating for the All-New
Thar reiterates our unstinted commitment towards safety. It has achieved a
robust GNCAP 4-Star rating, which is a first in its segment with highest points
in child safety amongst all cars tested by Global NCAP so far.”
Mahindra vehicles have done well in these Global NCAP crash tests. The XUV300 established
a new benchmark in terms of vehicle safety in India having been awarded a
5-star rating by Global NCAP and topped Global NCAP’s six-year safety rankings,
making the XUV300 the safest among all the vehicles tested by Global NCAP
between 2014 and 2020. The Marazzo was also certified with a strong 4 star
rating by Global NCAP for Adult Occupation Protection. In fact, Mahindra was
the first and only manufacturer in India to be awarded the “Safer Choice Award”
S-PRESS IS A BIG DISAPPOINTMENT
similar tests carried out by GNCAP earlier, the Maruti Suzuki S-Presso achieved
a disappointing zero star rating. The three models rated in the latest phase of
testing were the Maruti Suzuki S-Presso, Hyundai Grand i10 Nios and Kia Seltos.
Global NCAP chose the entry-level version of each model. The S-Presso was only
fitted with a driver airbag as standard, while the other models offered both
driver and passenger airbags as standard.
range of results, from zero to three stars, highlights significant differences
in adult occupant protection even in cars that meet minimum regulatory
the #SaferCarsForIndia project, Global NCAP currently only tests frontal crash
protection for occupants and not side impact and pedestrian protection. These
very relevant safety scenarios will form part of the future evolution of Global
NCAP’s crash test protocols in India.
Furas said, “It is very disappointing that Maruti Suzuki, the manufacturer with
the largest share of the Indian market, offers such low safety performance for
Indian consumers. Domestic manufacturers like Mahindra and Tata have
demonstrated high levels of safety and protection for their customers, both
achieving five-star performance. Surely it’s time for Maruti Suzuki to
demonstrate this commitment to safety for its customers?”
Ward said, “We have seen important progress on car safety in India, with new
legislation introduced by the government and manufacturers like Mahindra and
Tata accepting the Global NCAP five star challenge and producing models which
go well beyond minimum regulatory requirements. There is no place for zero
rated cars in the Indian market. It remains a great disappointment that an
important manufacturer like Maruti Suzuki does not recognise this.”
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