Tata Nexon Creates History With 5 Star Global NCAP Crash Test Rating


The subcompact Tata Nexon SUV has aimed for the stars quite literally! The Nexon has the maximum possible stars with a record-creating 5 star crash safety rating from Global NCAP. The Tata Nexon is the first made in India car from any manufacturer to achieve this.




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The Tata Nexon is the first ever India-made car to 5 star rating for NCAP Crash Tests

After scoring 4 stars in Global NCAP’s crash test in August this year, the Tata Nexon has made history by going the distance and becoming India’s first ever 5 Star car. The Nexon has achieved this by scoring 16.06 points out of a possible 17 – the highest as yet for any Indian made car. That this feat comes from an Indian manufacturer rather than a multinational is of significant importance. The car also underwent a side impact crash test, which is necessary to achieve this rating. Gunter Butschek, MD, Tata Motors told carandbike, “The Nexon achieving 5 stars at Global-NCAP is an exemplary achievement, and fortifies our intent for the future product portfolio.”

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Also Read: Tata Nexon Scores 4 Stars In Its First Global NCAP Crash Test

But what really helped the Tata Nexon to go from 4 to 5 stars? Alejandro Furas, Technical Director at Global NCAP explains, “The ABS, or anti-locking brakes, in a full channel version is a standard fitment for all the cars, so all the Nexon’s wheels have ABS in four channels. At the same time, the seat belt reminder was also now introduced by the manufacturer as a standard feature for driver and passenger side as well.” The Tata Nexon’s body shell and structure have remained unchanged since the August test, and it always had dual airbags as standard anyway. The car also retains its 3 star rating for child occupant safety.

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Mayank Pareek, President, Passenger Vehicle Business Unit, Tata Motors says, “A few years back, nobody believed that safety would sell in India. However, today’s Indian customers have evolved and are better exposed to the international market. They are more conscious towards safety and have started putting vehicle safety amongst the top priorities of car purchase.”

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The Tata Nexon’s earlier 4 and now 5 star rating is pushing other manufacturers into action too. And we now expect a flurry of 4 or 5 star cars from India. That is great news for the Indian industry and the Indian consumer – since these tests and results are more stringent than the newly mandated safety regulation implemented by the Indian government. “This car was entirely engineered in India and so it’s not like it required technical expertise from elsewhere. So it shows you what the Indian automobile industry is capable of. And the other thing to recognise, is that this is also the result of better crash test regulations from the Indian government. It’s a fantastic success story – a made in India success story around vehicle safety.” said David Ward, Secretary General, Global NCAP.

Also Read: Mahindra Marazzo Crash Test Results Out

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Tata plans to keep pushing the safety agenda and wants all future cars to meet either 5 or a minimum 4 star safety rating. It is likely the next car to be tested will be the upcoming Harrier compact SUV, though Tata is also keen to showcase the build quality of its smaller cars like the Tiago and Tigor.

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Reaching for the Stars: Why Global NCAP Pushed Safer Cars For India Project


David Ward is the Secretary General of the Global New Car Assessment Programme (Global NCAP) and has been a witness to the sea change in the Indian vehicle safety compared to the first results released by Global NCAP in January 2014.




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The Tata Nexon is India’s first 5-Star Crash Rated car as certified by Global NCAP

The first ever five-star car for adult occupant protection is an historic milestone for road safety in India. Tata’s achievement of the coveted fifth star for the Nexon also shows the world that it is possible to ‘Make in India’ if you want excellence in safety engineering. And Mahindra’s first four-star result for the Marazzo shows that a good four-star result is now the new normal in Global NCAP’s Safer Cars for India Project.

This is a sea change for Indian vehicle safety compared with the first results released by Global NCAP in January 2014. Then zero stars was commonplace and the reaction from some in the global car industry was quite hostile. Andy Palmer, then Vice President of Nissan, complained that “people who criticise these cars for not meeting US or European crash standards are living in a dream world”. But things change and dreams come true. Today India is applying United Nation’s crash test and Tata has won the race for the first five-star car. A market for safer cars is growing fast in India and manufacturers are responding. And it is really impressive that Indian brands have grasped the opportunities more quickly than their international competitors.

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Mahindra Marazzo has 4-Stars and the second highest overall score of all tested made in India cars. It is now India’s first MPV to get a high score.  

This experience shows that the combination of government regulation and consumer information is the winning formula for improved vehicle safety. Global NCAP salutes the actions of the Indian Government to mandate front and side impact standards for new models since 2017 and all cars in production by October next year. In addition, a pedestrian protection regulation is now being applied to new models and to all new cars by 2020. In September at our Global NCAP World Congress in Delhi, the Government also confirmed its commitment to regulate the life-saving crash avoidance technologies, electronic stability control and autonomous emergency braking from 2021. These very positive steps have been combined with important action to promote motorcycle safety by mandating anti-lock brakes and automatic headlights on.

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The first round of tests had five made in India cars tested. All came back with zero stars. It included the Maruti Alto 800, Tata Nano, Hyundai i10, Ford Figo and VW Polo. Polo then improved its rating to 4 Stars

Since 2014, it is clear that Global NCAP’s crash tests have succeeded in raising consumer awareness of safety in India. We know now that safety sells. For example, the best-selling version of the Renault Kwid today is the version with an optional airbag. This is in marked contrast to 2014 when some industry representatives argued that there was no market for airbags in the country at all. That is why it is so important that car buyers can obtain crash ratings that will help them to choose the safest car they can afford. With help from our partners Bloomberg Philanthropies, the FIA Foundation, and the Institute for Road Traffic Education, Global NCAP will continue the Safer Cars for India project and encourage the development of a permanent Indian New Car Assessment Programme (INCAP). A permanent INCAP test programme is needed to ensure the widest possible coverage of new models coming into the Indian automotive market which is now the fourth largest in the world.

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The Toyota Etios family joined the VW Polo and Tata Zest to also earn 4 Stars. These were the exceptions, with most cars of the 32 crashed to date getting zero stars.

I would also like to pay tribute to the outstanding contribution to the Safer Cars For India project played by Siddharth Vinayak Patankar and NDTV carandbike. From the very first results launch in 2014 to the first five-star car in 2018, CNB has given the inside story on our crash tests and championed improved car safety in India. Their dedication to objective reporting and their commitment to road safety is a superb combination that truly serves the interests of the Indian people. Both CNB and Global NCAP share the mission to make Indian roads much safer. Of course, vehicle safety is just one part of the very large road injury prevention challenge India faces. Action is needed on all fronts including better road design, enforcement, traffic management and safer vehicles. Nevertheless, it is great to see India, its government, and its manufacturers now reaching for the stars in vehicle safety, Four years ago we were dismissed as dreamers but today we can see how dreams become a reality.

 

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Mahindra Marazzo Gets 4 Star Crash Rating From Global NCAP


The recently launched new Mahindra Marazzo MPV has become the safest car in its class, with a high 4 star crash rating in the latest round of India crash tests by Global NCAP. It’s now also the 2nd highest car by overall score amongst all 32 India-made models tested by Global NCAP so far.




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Mahindra Marazzo came with ABS, dual airbags, seatbelt reminder for driver & co-driver as standard

The Mahindra Marazzo has become the first-ever made in India MPV or multi-purpose vehicle to get a 4 star crash safety rating from Global NCAP. The Indian company has been working very hard to implement a new safety ethos in its manufacturing, and the Marazzo is the first vehicle to display this intent. carandbike had exclusive access to the test as always. The Mahindra Marazzo has all the safety equipment as standard, and this includes ABS, dual airbags, and even the front passenger and driver seatbelt reminder. Rajan Wadhera, President – Automotive Sector, M&M told carandbike, “This is a proud moment for Mahindra as the 4 star rating for Adult Occupation Protection reiterates our commitment towards safety. We have designed the Marazzo with many new safety features to ensure a safe ride for our customers. With Safety being at the forefront for all our vehicles, I am sure that this recognition will spur us to achieve higher safety parameters for our entire range of vehicles”.

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The Mahindra Marazzo has received 4 stars for adult front occupant protection and also scored 2 stars for child occupant protection. This is also the highest score for any Mahindra car as well, and also higher than any other Indian made MPV tested so far by Global NCAP. The Renault Lodgy, Chevrolet Enjoy, and Maruti Suzuki Eeco had all failed their respective tests. The Honda Mobilio had also previously received zero stars, but a subsequent retest with dual airbags being made standard had resulted in a 3 star rating.

Also Read: Tata Nexon Creates History With 5 Star Global NCAP Crash Test Rating

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(The Mahindra Marazzo underwent a frontal offset crash test at 64 kmph, and received 4 stars for adult occupant safety)

The Marazzo was jointly developed by Mahindra R&D in Chennai and the Mahindra Automotive North America (MANA) development centre. Representatives from both were present to witness this test. Mahindra would be proud, as this result now sets the foundation for its future products. Sources within the company say Mahindra will always aim for 4 or 5 stars and no lower for any upcoming models. The company’s next launch will be a subcompact SUV codenamed S201.

Also Read: Mahindra Marazzo Prices To Increase From January 1, 2019

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Global NCAP had the car shipped in from India a few days earlier. And it underwent a frontal offset crash test at 64 kmph – the Global NCAP test protocol – at the ADAC crash test lab near Munich, Germany. This is more stringent than the new crash norms being implemented by the Indian government, which will see cars needing a 56 kmph test. At first glance, the Marazzo appeared to have done well. Good structural integrity was visually evident, due to the lack of any deforming of the A-pillar and of any perceptible intrusions into the cabin. The analysis that was carried out in the subsequent days, presented the strong result.

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Global NCAP Crash Tests: How India-Made Cars Have Fared Over The Years


With the Tata Nexon becoming the first ever India-made car to score a 5-star rating, we look back at the journey of India-made cars at the Global NCAP crash tests since the first model was crash-tested in late 2013.




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The Tata Nexon is the first ever India-made car to 5 star rating for NCAP Crash Tests

It was in 2014 that Global New Car Assessment Programme or GNCAP launched the “Safer Cars for India” campaign in a bid to promote safer vehicles to be sold in the country. Between 2014 and 2018 Global NCAP has crash tested about 32 India-made cars and has made safety assessments for these as well. Over the last four years, this has played an important role and prompted manufacturers to make safer cars in India, which meet global standards. Sure, for the most part, 19 out of the 32 cars tested, have scored zero stars but the Indian automotive industry is slowly beginning to make safer cars and offer better active and passive safety equipment as standard and even as options.

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Also Read: Tata Nexon First India-Made Car To Get 5-Stars At Global NCAP Crash Tests

One of the first ever India-made cars to be crash tested was coincidentally a Tata, the Nano and needless to say, it did not have ABS, nor did it get airbags and the chassis structure was unstable to put it mildly. In 2014 Volkswagen decided to offer the Polo in India with twin airbags as standard, moving the protection level of this model from a high-risk of life threatening injuries at zero stars, to four (out of five) stars for adult occupant protection. The Toyota Etios too was one of the first cars to get 4 stars, when tested in February 2016.

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Also Read: Mahindra Marazzo Gets 4 Stars In Latest Round Of Global NCAP Crash Tests

Cars such as Renault Lodgy, Chevrolet Enjoy, and Maruti Suzuki Eeco too failed their respective crash tests. The Honda Mobilio had also received zero stars when it was tested first. But Honda started offering the Mobilio with dual airbags being made standard which led to the car getting 3 stars. More recently, it was the Mahindra Marazzo that got a 4 star rating at the latest round of global NCAP crash tests, becoming the first ever India-made MPV to do so.

Also Read: Toyota Etios Gets 4 Stars In Global NCAP Crash Tests

The Renault Kwid has been tested 4 times and only in the fourth round did it manage to get a single star rating. The Maruti Suzuki Swift too scored two stars in its second round of tests but the Vitara Brezza scored 4 stars in its first crash test, confirming that Maruti is more than capable of making safer cars.

Also Read: Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Scored 4 Stars In Global NCAP Crash Tests

As far as crash tests are concerned, the government mandated law such as the US NCAP, Latin NCAP, Euro NCAP are less stringent than the Global NCAP crash tests. For starters, the Bharat New Vehicle Assessment Programme or BNVAP which will be mandated from next year will need new vehicles to be crash tested at 56 kmph. The Global NCAP conducts its crash tests at a higher speed of 64 kmph and therefore, it is commendable that India-made cars are getting a good score in Global NCAP crash tests.

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One of the companies worth mentioning is Tata Motors. As mentioned earlier, its first ever model to be crash tested, the Nano, led the company to receive a lot of flak. But since then, the company has come a long way. Following Nexon‘s four star results earlier this year, Tata has improved a number of safety features including making a Seat Belt Reminder for driver and passenger a standard for all variants of the model. In addition the Nexon was required to pass a side impact test meeting UN95 side impact protection requirements, which it did and scored five stars for adult occupant protection and three stars for child occupant protection. The Tata Zest too has a 4 star rating from Global NCAP and this goes on to show that Tata is committed to making safer, stronger cars for India in future.

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2018 Fiat Panda Hatchback Scores 0 Stars In Euro NCAP Crash Test


The 2018 Fiat Panda hatchback, one of the most popular offerings from the Italian automaker has scored a very low 0 star rating in the latest Euro NCAP crash tests.

While the 0 Star Car is still a sad reality in India as we have seen recently with the Renault Lodgy, Europe more often than not has cars that scores a higher 4 or 5 star safety rating across the board. Which is why a 0 Star rated car is most certainly something to report about, even though the car in question is not really relevant to India in general. The 2018 Fiat Panda, one of the most popular offerings from the Italian automaker and also it’s cheapest hatchback has scored a dismal 0 star rating in the recent set of tests conducted by the Euro NCAP. The score on the Fiat Panda is one of the lowest ever seen.

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(Euro NCAP Fiat Panda Crash Test)

Unlike Global NCAP that tests cars that are made in India too, the Euro NCAP tests have far more parameters. The car goes through the usual frontal offset crash test as for the Indian cars but also has a side impact, a full frontal test and several pedestrian tests too. While the Panda’s compartment remained stable for the frontal offset test, the readings on the test dummy showcased weak chest compression. The test results also showcased that the knee and the femur protection was good but while subjected to a full frontal test, dummy readings indicated weak protection of the head and neck.

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(Fiat Panda)

Commenting on the results, Michiel van Ratingen, General Secretary, Euro NCAP said, “It is truly disappointing to see a brand-new car being put on sale in 2018 with no autonomous braking system and no lane assistance. It is high time we saw a product from the FIAT-Chrysler group offering safety to rival its competitors.”

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(Euro NCAP Fiat Panda Side Impact Crash Test)

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The Fiat Panda also scores really poorly in terms of children safety as tests for various ages showcased poor readings to the head and other parts of the body. Euro NCAP also tests car seats in specific for whiplash protection. Tests on the front seats and head restraints showcased marginal protection against whiplash injuries in the event of a rear end collision and the rear seats in particular indicated poor whiplash protection. The Panda also scored lower as it does not get any automated emergency braking systems or AED.

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All-Electric Jaguar I-Pace Scores 5 Stars In Euro NCAP Crash Test


The Jaguar I-Pace scored 91 per cent for adult occupant protection, 81 per cent for child occupant protection, and 81 per cent for safety assist features.




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The Euro NCAP tested the I-Pace for side barrier impact and the more severe side pole test

Euro NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme) has recently released its latest crash test results and Jaguar’s all-electric I-Pace SUV has scored a five-star rating. The Jaguar I-Pace scored 91 per cent for adult occupant protection, 81 per cent for child occupant protection, and 81 per cent for safety assist features. The Euro NCAP tested the I-Pace for side barrier impact and the more severe side pole test, and the electric SUV scored maximum points in both, offering good protection of all critical body areas.

Also Read: Jaguar I-Pace Electric SUV Review


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The Jaguar I-Pace scored 91 per cent for adult occupant protection, 81 per cent for child occupant protection

Commenting on the Jaguar I-Pace receiving five stars in Euro NCAP crash test, Simon Black, Senior Project Leader, Body Engineering Jaguar Land Rover said, “The Jaguar I-PACE has already received awards for its design, performance and handling. This latest award from Euro NCAP confirms the I-PACE’s exceptional safety standards. The SUV has been expertly engineered with a lightweight aluminium body structure and integrated battery pack to provide outstanding crash protection for occupants. Safety is our biggest priority and it is fantastic to see the Euro NCAP results reflect this.”

Also Read: All-Electric Jaguar I-Pace Bags German Car Of The Year Award

The Jaguar I-Pace offers superior torsional rigidity thanks to its lightweight aluminium construction and its battery pack’s structural aluminium frame, which together add in improved stiffness. Furthermore, Jaguar has made use of industry-first aluminium forgings, and Jaguar-first applications of post-form heat treatment to increase the strength of the aluminium alloys used in crash-critical areas.

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Euro NCAP tested the I-Pace for side barrier impact and the more severe side pole test

In terms of safety, the Jaguar I-Pace comes with several features for incumbents and pedestrian safety as well. Features like – deployable bonnet and autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection. Jaguar also designed a unique Audible Vehicle Alert System (AVAS) for its first electric vehicle that warns road users when the vehicle is approaching. Other safety and driver assist tech include – adaptive cruise control with steering assist, blind spot assist, and 360-degree parking aid.

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Incidentally, now Jaguars entire Pace range, F-Pace, E-Pace, and I-Pace, have been rated among the safest vehicles by Euro NCAP, with all three receiving five-star rating. In fact, the I-Pace is the tenth consecutive model from the British automaker to receive five stars in crash tests.

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India-Made Hyundai i20 Scores 3-Star Rating Global NCAP Crash Test


The Hyundai i20 tested by Global NCAP was for the South African market and was made in India and was tested for its crashworthiness as part of Global NCAPs Safer Cars for Africa campaign.

The India-made Hyundai i20 hatchback, which is exported to the South African markets has recently scored 3-star rating in a recent crash test conducted by the Global New Car Assessment Programme (Global NCAP). The Hyundai i20, along with a few other models, was tested for its crashworthiness as part of Global NCAP’s Safer Cars for Africa campaign. The safety watchdog chose only the entry-level variant of the Hyundai i20, which was tested for frontal impact at a speed of 64 kmph.

As already mentioned, the Hyundai i20 scored 3 stars for adult occupant safety, whereas for child occupant safety, the car was given just 2 stars. In fact, Global NCAP’s report also said that the vehicle structure was rated as unstable as well as the footwell area. The crash test report revealed that the protection provided to both the driver and front passenger’s head and the latter’s left shin were good. The protection provided to the driver’s chest, thighs and feet were just marginal, and adequate for both the shins. On the other hand, the protection provided to the front passenger’s chest and right leg was adequate and just marginal for the passenger’s left thigh.

The India-made Hyundai i20 that was tested by the Global NCAP came with the driver and front passenger airbags as standard, along with seatbelt pre-tensioners for both front passengers and seatbelt reminder for the driver. As for the i20 receiving a two-star rating for child occupant protection, the report stated that it was because of the limited protection offered to the 3-year-old dummy and lack of ISOFIX anchorages.

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The report also pointed out that the structural integrity of the i20 is different to that of the European model, and the car sold in South Africa also misses out on safety equipment like Electronic Stability Control (ESC), side body airbags and side curtain airbags which are standard in the European-spec i20.

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NCAP Crash Results And How They Evolve Through The Years


With every passing year, the number of assistance systems that NCAP needs to ensure a higher rating also increases.




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The standards of Euro NCAP keep changing with the years

Just last week, India had its fifth 4-Star rated ‘Made In India’ car, the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. And as the race to get India’s first 5-Star rated car heats up with almost all major manufacturers staking a claim, it is prudent to take a step back and look at the whole scoring system itself. While cars are getting safer and safer every year in general – especially with newer platforms that come inbuilt with crash protection, some models have actually scored a lower safety rating than their predecessors. So are they any unsafe as compared to their predecessors? Well, not exactly.

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The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza scored a 4 star safety rating 

Let’s take the example of the Suzuki Swift. In its international form, the Swift is made in Suzuki’s plant in Hungary. While the last generation car scored a solid 5-Star Safety rating when tested in 2010, the current generation Swift, that is built on the new Heartec platform actually got just a 2-Star safety rating when tested in its standard form and a 4-Star rating when tested with the safety pack. All the tests were held by Euro NCAP and while at first glance it seems like the new car is actually way worse as compared to the last generation car, in reality, it isn’t so.

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The Renault Kwid too was crash tested by Global NCAP and received a 0 star rating 

For starters, the NCAP changes the minimum score every car that is tested needs to get a set of results. So for example, while a car that scored 30 per cent in 2016/2017 tests for child occupant safety is eligible to score an overall 3-Star rating. In 2018 and 2019 tests though, a car that scored a 30 per cent rating in the same test would end up with a 0 star rating for child safety. While adult protection for the tests in 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 remain unchanged, other factors such as ‘child protection’ scores and more importantly safety assist has dramatically been increased to ensure safer cars.

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In 2018 and 2019 Euro NCAP requires AEB or Automated Emergency Braking required as a mandatory system 

With every passing year, the number of assistance systems that NCAP needs to ensure a higher rating also increases. While in 2018 and 2019 Euro NCAP requires AEB or Automated Emergency Braking required as a mandatory system (in City, Pedestrian, Inter-Urban modes), in the future, AEB pedestrian (turning), AEB Pedestrian (back over) and AEB Junction will also be required to be a standard feature for all cars.

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This means that even if the car with multiple airbags does get a very high score in Adult Occupant Protection (40 per cent of overall score), Child Occupant Protection (20 per cent of overall score) and Pedestrian Protection (20 per cent of overall score), a low score in Safety Assist systems (20 per cent of overall score) will mean a lower score overall. So while the same exact car would have scored a very high score in an earlier protocol, the current testing protocol might score it lower. Other tests that have also become mandatory for the likes of Euro NCAP are side impact tests – including general side impact and pole impact.

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Global NCAP Pushes For ABS On All Two-Wheelers In India


The Global NCAP (New Car Assessment Program) says that ABS should be made mandatory on all two-wheelers irrespective of displacement and size.




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All Two-wheelers above or equal to 125 cc will have mandatory ABS from April 2019

Come April 2019, all two-wheelers in India which have displacement more than or equal to 125 cc will need to have anti-lock brakes (ABS) compulsorily. We at Carandbike wholeheartedly support this decision. While this has already been mandated, Global NCAP believes ABS should be made compulsory for all two-wheelers. Speaking at the NCAP Global Congress, John Chatterton Ross, Director, Public Affairs, FIM Global NCAP, believes that ABS should be made mandatory for all two-wheelers irrespective of the displacement or size.

Also Read: Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Gets 4-Star Rating In Global NCAP Crash Tests

The current ruling issued by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways says that all ‘new’ two-wheeler models with equal to or above 125 cc, which are launched after April 2018, will need to have ABS as a compulsory feature. While two-wheelers with displacement below 125 cc will compulsorily need to have combined braking system or CBS. This means that all existing two-wheeler models more than or equal to 125 cc will need to be offered with ABS compulsorily after April 2019 and two-wheelers below 125 cc will compulsorily need to have CBS after April 2019.

Also Read: Renault Lodgy Gets Zero Star Rating In Global NCAP Crash Tests

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The working of ABS is quite simple. Be it cars or two-wheelers, the job of ABS is to prevent the wheels from locking up under hard braking. The biggest advantage is that you still have control of the steering and the direction in which the car or two-wheeler goes, thereby ensuring that the vehicle does not go out of control. CBS or combi-braking system works when both brakes on a two-wheeler are activated by pressing just the rear brake lever. Of course, the front brake is partially activated. Sure, the prices of two-wheelers will go up by a fair margin but it is a small price to pay for an active safety system which could end up saving lives.

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New Generation Suzuki Jimny Scores Only 3 Stars In Euro NCAP Crash Tests


The 2018 Suzuki Jimny was marked down in the Euro NCAP tests after the driver side airbag failed to fully inflate to stop the head from coming in contact with the steering wheel rim.




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The 2018 Suzuki Jimny scored 73 per cent in adult occupation protection

The latest set of Euro NCAP results are out and the recently unveiled new generation Suzuki Jimny was part of the line-up which also included the all-new Audi A6, Volkswagen Touareg and Ford Tourneo. While the A6 and the Touareg scored the maximum five-star rating followed by the Tourneo scoring four stars, the 2018 Suzuki Jimny received underwhelming results as it managed only a three-star rating. The off-roader scored 73 per cent in adult occupation protection, while child occupation protection received an 84 per cent score. The safety assist on the Jimny stood at 50 per cent, while vulnerable users were scored at 52 per cent.


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Also Read: New Generation Suzuki Jimny Launched In Japan

The low rating though was caused by a number of safety concerns on the 2018 Suzuki Jimny. The crash results observed that the driver side airbag didn’t inflate with enough pressure to stop the head from coming in contact with the steering wheel rim, in addition to the potential for deformity around the front door pillars in the front offset impact test, which made for a weak rating on the driver’s torso. Furthermore, the front seats offered only marginal whiplash protection in case of a rear impact.

Also Read: 2018 Suzuki Jimny: All You Need To Know

While child occupant protection was good, the Suzuki Jimny lost marks in the vulnerable road users category due to the stiff windscreen pillar. In the safety assists category, the off-roader was awarded 50 per cent since the autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system struggled to spot pedestrians in low light, and wasn’t able to detect cyclists at all. It did, however, work fine at low speeds in city conditions.

Meanwhile, the Audi A6 was the strongest scorer in the Euro NCAP crash tests with a 93 per cent result in adult occupant protection, 85 per cent in child occupant protection and 81 per cent in vulnerable road users score. The Volkswagen Touareg secured 86 per cent in adult occupant and 81 per cent in child occupant protection.

The Audi A6 was the strongest scorer in the most recent NCAP tests, achieving adult occupant protection of 93 percent and a vulnerable road users score of 81 percent. The Touareg slightly outscored the A6 in both the child protection and safety assist categories, making 86 and 81 per cent respectively to the Audi’s 85 and 76 per cent.

Also Read: Import Of Foreign Cars To Become Easier

For the European market, the fourth generation Suzuki Jimny is offered with a 1.5-litre petrol engine that produces 102 bhp and 130 Nm of peak torque. The motor is paired with a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed torque converter automatic transmission. The SUV gets All-Wheel drive as standard. With respect to safety, the Jimny comes equipped with six airbags, ISOFIX child seat mounts for the rear seats, AEB, seatbelt reminder and lane assist system.

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Maruti Suzuki has not confirmed yet if the new generation Jimny will make its way to India. While the off-roader has been reportedly ruled out for India, the company could consider bringing the model here in limited numbers under the government’s new rule that allows importing global models homologation free up to 2500 units.

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