Basic levels of safety achievable as standard in the Indian auto market: Global NCAP
The latest Indian crash test results from Global NCAP shows that basic levels of safety achievable as standard in the Indian auto market. Unfortunately, not every carmaker is providing basic safety as standard in vehicles. In its latest crash tests, Chevrolet Enjoy failed completely while Ford Aspire (Next Gen Figo) show some improvement, says Global NCAP.
David Ward, Secretary General of Global NCAP said, “Ford’s three star result shows that basic levels of safety are achievable as standard in the Indian vehicle market. It is also encouraging to see progress in safety compared to the earlier version of the Figo we tested in 2014."
"In contrast, we are extremely concerned about the poor result of the Chevrolet Enjoy. There is nothing to enjoy about a zero star safety score and GM should be embarrassed that they are selling cars with such inadequate levels of occupant protection to Indian consumers,” he added.
Rohit Baluja, President of the Institute of Road Traffic Education (IRTE) says, “Statistics by the Government of India reveal that speed is the causative factor of deaths of over 64,000 people in road crashes every year and that in 2015 over 63% of the 1,46,000 road crash fatalities occurred on national and state highways. Vehicle manufacturers today should adopt the global philosophy of the 'safe systems approach' the thought process of which reflects that even if crashes do occur, road users should not die or get seriously injured. This is particularly important for the Indian scenario."
Quoting Mary Barra, the Chairman & CEO of GM, Chevrolet’s parent company, from its 2015 Sustainability Report says, she had made a strong commitment on making GM as industry leader in vehicle safety. She also stated that quality and safety for GM “are foundational commitments, never compromised”. Unfortunately, the safety of the Chevrolet Enjoy is clearly compromised and Mary Barra’s call to “Speak Up for Safety” has not yet translated into action in India, Global NCAP says.
In a release, Global NCAP says, in 2014, its first year of Indian testing, the Ford Figo scored zero stars, and at present it has scored three. "Ford has demonstrated that progress is possible and importantly this progress will save lives in India. Other manufacturers too have been catalysed by Safer Cars for India to improve safety for Indian consumers, though sadly some such as GM are yet to step up."
"I am sure that Bharat NCAP will continue to set out requisite safety norms in accordance with the principles set by the Global NCAP in order to foster improvements in safety for India’s vehicle market,” Baluja from IRTE concluded.