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Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Tata Nexon score 4 stars in Global NCAP crash tests

Abhishek Samuel  /
27 Sep 2018 19:58:19 IST

UK-based charity Global New Car Assessment Program (GNCAP) has stated that it is impressed with the latest crash test results of the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Tata Nexon. Both the Indian compact SUVs have scored a four-star rating in the Global NCAP adult protection crash tests. The Brezza and Nexon also scored two and three stars, respectively, in the child occupant protection rating. However, the same was not the case with the Renault Lodgy MPV which was tested without airbags, and scored zero stars in adult protection crash tests, but managed two stars in child occupant protection.

Here is the full press release from Global NCAP:
Global New Car Assessment Programme (GNCAP) , a UK-based charity that conducts crash safety tests on cars across the world , which is hosting it's four-day 'Global NCAP World Congress' in New Delhi, India in partnership with Institute of Road Traffic Education (IRTE) from September 26-29, 2018 announced crash test results for three Indian cars including Maruti Vitara Brezza, TATA Nexon and Renault's Lodgy .

The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and TATA's SUV Nexon both made in India scored an impressive Four Star rating in the latest crash tests .

In the adult occupant protection category both Maruti's Vitara Brezza and Tata's Nexon scored a four-star rating while in the child occupant protection rating Brezza scored two stars while Nexon scored one point higher and got three stars.The overall body shell rating of both the SUV's have been rated as stable. A rigid body is one of the key aspects of the safety of the car as it absorbs the initial impact.

The Vitara Brezza and Tata Nexon went through a frontal offset crash test conducted at a speed of 64km/h. The Global NCAP stated that the head and neck protection for the driver and passenger is good while the chest protection is adequate. Overall, both the vehicles performed really well in the crash tests. Both were equipped with two airbags each.

The Tata Nexon offred better child protection than Maruti's Brezza. Both are equipped with standard safety features such as driver and passenger airbag, seatbelt pre-tensioners and ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System). All the safety features played a vital role in scoring an impressive four-star rating and the body structure is also rigid and stable.

The RenaultLodgy which was crash tested without airbags got zero star rating in adult protection crash test but surprisingly Two stars rating in child protection .
"It is surprising and matter of great concern that global car makers are still producing cars that offer sub-standard and zero safety in India, the same models will be considered illegal in their own countries - said Eng. Alejanro Furas, Technical director , GNCAP while announcing the crash results.
World congress is how NCAPs worldwide have succeeded in building a market for safer cars by raising consumer awareness of the critical safety choices they make when buying a new vehicle." said Mr Lauchian Mcintosh, Chairman, Global NCAP while inaugurating the congress.

GNCAP also launched its Stop The Crash program in India yesterday.

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