Global NCAP conducted a series of crash tests with five India-made cars, but the results are utterly disappointing and worrying at the same time.
The Indian crash test results were published today in New Delhi by Global NCAP and reveal low levels of adult occupant protection for the following five cars: Renault Kwid, Maruti Suzuki Celerio, Maruti Suzuki Eeco, Mahindra Scorpio, and Hyundai Eon. All of these vehicles were the subject of a frontal collision that took place at 64 kph (39.7 mph) and as you can see in the adjacent videos, the cars behaved poorly.
The cutesy Kwid was actually tested in three different versions, including one that came with a driver airbag, but even that one failed to earn at least a one-star rating in adult occupant protection. The only somewhat good news to report is a two-star in child occupant protection.
Global NCAP points out that while the Kwid’s structure did not collapse during the impact, it did show signs of being unstable. This means that in a more powerful impact, the car’s structure will likely have to suffer, thus putting at risk those inside the cabin.
The good news is Renault India has already announced plans to implement a series of upgrades for the Kwid to make it safer and once these will be ready, Global NCAP will test the revised car.
Although Renault-Nissan CEO, Carlos Ghosn, clearly stated the Kwid is not Europe-bound, rumors about such a version emerged after a prototype was spotted at the beginning of the year on the old continent with German plates. Taking into account the car's extremely poor Global NCAP crash test, it now seems highly unlike Renault will come out with a Dacia-badged Kwid for Europe. Such a car would have to be significantly re-engineered to perform in the Euro New Car Assessment Programme crash tests.
As far as the other four cars, all of them got a zero-star rating in adult occupant protection. The Mahindra Scorpio and the Hyundai Eon earned a modest two-star rating in child occupant protection, while the Suzuki Maruti Eco and the Suzuki Maruti Celerio received only one star in the same test.
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Source: Global NCAP