That’s a bit discouraging.
In the #SaferCarsForIndia campaign, Global NCAP has been testing the adult and child occupant safety of Indian market cars, especially in the entry-level ‘mini SUV’ vehicle class. After running tests on the Maruti Suzuki S-Presso, Hyundai Grand i10 Nios and Kia Seltos, it was clear that none of the former were incredibly safe – however the Maruti Suzuki stood out the most as the car that received an absolute zero.
The testing was performed on the base S-Presso, which is offered in India with a sole airbag for the driver, and without belt pre-tensioners, three-point seatbelts, or ISOFIX attachments for child seats.
The car’s structure and structure of the footwell was rendered by NCAP to be “unstable”. In a frontal offset crash at 64km/h, the driver of the vehicle was rated ‘poor’ to ‘marginal’, with only the head of the dummy receiving a ‘safe’ rating, thanks in-part to the single airbag.
Secretary General of Global NCAP, Alejandro Furas, stated “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?”
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 recognize this.David Ward – President of the Towards Zero Foundation