Our Homegrown manufacturers Mahindra and Tata are leading the #safercarsforindia campaign by quite a mark. While Tata had the most 5-star rating, Mahindra took them by XUV 300 which has the highest 5-star rating for any made-in-India vehicle. While if this was not enough, Mahindra can now brag about XUV 300 getting the Global NCAP’s ﬁrst-ever Safer Choice award.
Mahindra XUV 300 boasts of 5-star rating for the adult occupants and a 4-star rating for child occupants. While Tata claims that Altroz is India’s safest car, technically Mahindra XUV 300 as it scores higher points in the GlobalNCAP. The Safer Choice award was launched at the 2018 Auto Expo. It has its own set of requirements. First of all, the model must achieve a 5-star score for Adult Occupant Protection and a 4-star result in Child Occupant Protection. The model must have Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and should follow the Pedestrian Protection requirement. And Mahindra XUV 300 passed all the requirements.
David Ward, CEO and President of Global NCAP said, “This is a historic moment for Mahindra and the Indian auto industry, marking a tipping point in vehicle safety performance for the country. After setting our ‘Safer Choice’ Award challenge in 2018 it is deeply satisfying to see an Indian automaker taking a lead on safety in this way.”
He added “From the outset our ambition has been to help establish a market for safety in India, providing consumers with the information they need to make safer choices, catalysing the manufacturers to go beyond minimum legislative requirements. With two Indian automakers, Mahindra and Tata, setting a new safety benchmark we are well on our way to realising that ambition.”
In the compact SUV segment, even the Tata Nexon has a 5-star rating as well as the Maruti Vitara Brezza which gets a 4-star rating. Things are getting better for Indian car scene, instead of boosting of just the mileage figures now manufacturers are finally focussing on a more important aspect i.e Safety. Though we are yet to see other big manufacturers join the safety campaign.
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