Safer cars for India: four star NCAP progress shows potential for change

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The latest Indian crash test results from Global NCAP, released during the inaugural Global NCAP World Congress in Delhi, show that some manufacturers have made strong commitments to improving the safety of their vehicles, but much more remains to be done.

The top tested model, the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza achieved an encouraging four star result with standard double airbags, ABS, and ISOFIX anchorages, and gained a four star rating for Adult Occupant Protection and two stars for Child Occupant protection. However, the Renault Lodgy, which failed to even provide airbags in its standard version, and showed an unstable structure during the crash test, achieved a disappointing zero stars for Adult Occupant Protection.

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.

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. “

Saul Billingsley, Executive Director of the FIA Foundation said: “The FIA Foundation is proud to support Global NCAP, and these results show that when manufacturers commit to change, the results can be swift. These results further demonstrate that consumers in India now have a real choice, and with access to the right information they can use purchasing power to reward carmakers who put safety first. To reduce road traffic injuries and commit to the overall United Nations development target of halving road deaths globally, safer cars for India must be a priority.”

#SaferCarsForIndia Campaign was launched by 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.

Global NCAP hosted its first ever World Congress in Delhi from September 26 – 29, 2018 to bring together the community of New Car Assessment Programmes (NCAPs) worldwide to share experience about independent consumer vehicle safety rating. It facilitated high level dialogue on a global road map for vehicle safety with the automobile manufacturers, senior policy makers, road safety experts, and fleet managers. A key theme of the World Congress was how NCAPs worldwide have succeeded in building a market for safer cars by raising consumer awareness of the critical safety choices they make when buying a new vehicle.