Indian government is gearing up to implement the Bharat NCAP crash test norms which are aimed at making cars sold in the country safer. In an attempt to meet the global crash test standards, Indian government is planning to prescribe the frontal offset crash test to be conducted at 64 kmph.
The automakers, however, wants the speed to be reduced to 56 kmph. The OEMs justify their request by stating that the average speed in India are lower than that of Europe.
Economic Times reports that the discussions between the auto industry and government in this regard are currently underway and a final decision on the prescribed speed for the frontal offset crash test will be taken shortly. The side impact test will be conducted at 50 kmph.
The Bharat NCAP crash standards will come into place in October 2017 for new products. The existing car models have time till October 2019 to comply with the enhances safety norms. This means, India will see a lot of new car launches till Oct 2017.
In order to comply with the crash test norms, most budget cars in India would have to undergo structural reinforcements in addition to offering ABS and airbags as standard across the range. This is estimated to increase the prices of mass market cars approximately by 10%.
In the recent Global NCAP crash tests (at 64 kmph), 5 popular India-spec cars – Maruti Celerio, Hyundai Eon, Renault Kwid, Mahindra Scorpio and Maruti Eeco – scored 0-star rating under adult occupant protection.
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