Maruti, Mahindra, Hyundai, Renault defend their cars' safety but are they convincing enough? You decide
Despite seven cars produced Indian auto makers failing their global safety standards tests, the companies are adamant. Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Mahindra and Renault refused to accept the Global NCAP's tests that gave a 'zero rating' to their models.
The cars include Hyundai Eon, Mahindra Scorpio, Maruti Suzuki Eeco and Celerio and Renault Kwid versions 1, 2 and 3.
The four automobile companies denied that their cars have poor safety standards.
Here is what Maruti Suzuki had to say in its statement, "All our products are safe. They meet the safety standards of India and in most cases, exceed them."
"The tests by global NCAP are conducted at speeds that are higher than those prescribed by the regulatory authorities not only in India but in Europe and USA. The results of Global NCAP have to be seen in that perspective."
Watch Maruti Suzuki Eeco Global NCAP crash test:
Watch Maruti Suzuki Celerio Global NCAP crash test:
Hyundai in a company statement it said, “Hyundai vehicles are designed and built to meet all the prescribed safety standards set by Indian regulatory authorities.”
Watch Hyundai's Eon Global NCAP crash test:
Mahindra went with the excuse that the Scorpio tested was a variant which did not have airbags. “Typically, in any star rating process, non-airbag variants do not perform well on safety standards,” it said in a statement.
Watch Mahindra Scorpio Global NCAP crash test:
According to the statement, Renault confirmed that they will implement further improvements to the Kwid and Global NCAP will test these new evolutions in forthcoming crash tests.
Watch Renault Kwid variant 1, 2 and 3 Global NCAP crash tests: