Tata Motors and Mahindra have already got Global NCAP 5-star rated cars in their arena. But till now, India’s largest manufacturer, Maruti has not been able to get any of its offerings close to 5-star rating at the Global NCAP. Are you hoping to see a Maruti car in the highest rating? Sorry to say, but I have got some bad news for you.
The carmaker has recently stated that it won’t be sending any of its cars for the Global NCAP now. Maruti Suzuki’s Senior Executive Director, CV Raman stated that their lineup of cars is already in sync with every safety regulation specified by the Indian government. The recently introduced offset side-impact and pedestrian regulations are also being met. SIAM is also working towards bringing India’s own new vehicle assessment program, BNVSAP, which the company will abide by.
He further added that the other manufacturers have a different strategy when it comes to testing by other agency which is globally renowned. Maruti Suzuki will comply with the Indian regulations and won’t rely on such agencies.
It seems to be an excuse from the company’s end as the vehicles tested till now have not at all shown any good signs of safety. Only Vitara with 4-star and Ertiga with 3-star are the cars with decent offerings in the offerings of Maruti. Other cars such as Alto, Eeco, WagonR and Swift have failed miserably at the crash testing. Let’s have a look at the top-selling Maruti cars and their global NCAP rating.
Although India will soon be getting its own programme, it is still in process. The companies should try to make the roads safer. The Global NCAP also urged Maruti Suzuki to start stepping towards safety. But the statement from Maruti has surely raised some concerns regarding the manufacturer’s take on the safety of its customers. Till then you can look forward to Tata Nexon, Altroz, and Mahindra XUV300 which have safety at par with the 5-star rating.