Global NCAP conducted the first ever independent crash test of some of the most popular cars in India.

Global NCAP conducted the first ever independent crash test of some of the most popular cars in India.

The cars chosen for crash testing were the Tata Nano, Suzuki-Maruti Alto 800, Ford Figo, pre-facelift Volkswagen Polo and the previous-gen Hyundai i10 which accounted for approximately 20 percent of all new cars sold in India last year. Global NCAP selected the base variant for each model and as a consequence none of them came with airbags. As you would imagine, none of them received any stars for adult occupation protection.

It should be noted Volkswagen is no longer selling an airbag-less version of the Polo as this was replaced by a model fitted with two airbags as standard which enabled the Polo to achieve a four-star rating for adult occupation protection.

The vehicle structures of the Hyundai i10, Tata Nano and Suzuki-Maruti Alto 800 collapsed during the crash tests which clearly indicates in a real-life accident the occupants would certainly sustain life-threatening injuries. The structural weakness is so worrying that even if the cars came with airbags these would not be effective enough to protect the occupants. Only the structures of the Polo and Ford Figo remained stable after crash testing.

More details about the crash tests can be accessed from the attached press release.

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