Speaking at the ‘Towards A Safer India” webinar organized by Autocar Professional, Alejandro Furas, technical director, Global NCAP, revealed that the automotive safety watchdog has taken another set of Indian cars for crash tests.
He added that the organization will publish the crash test results of the new Indian cars on May 17 but stopped short of divulging any further details. Autocar Professional reports that, according to its sources, 7 cars from India have been tested.
This is the third set of tests as a part of Global-NCAP’s “Safer Cars For India” campaign. The first round of tests took place in January 2014 and involved India-spec VW Polo, Hyundai i10, Ford Figo, Maruti Alto 800 and Tata Nano. All these cars scored Zero rating in the crash tests post which VW India introduced standard dual-airbags on the Polo (the rating then got upgraded to 4-stars).
The second set of tests in November 2014 witnessed crash tests of Datsun Go and Maruti Swift. Again, the cars were awarded Zero star rating. While Maruti stated that its cars meet the local safety norms, Datsun reacted to the test my making some structural changes to its budget hatchback in addition to providing driver airbag as an optional extra.
With India gearing up to implement its own new car assessment program under the BNVSAP (Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assesment Program) banner, Global-NCAP’s latest crash tests will throw a light on how prepared is the industry is to make the cars safer.
Via – Autocarpro.in