There is a slightly negative reputation India carries in the automotive sector and this image was born from the fact that many of the Indian cars did not qualify as being safe according to the Global NCAP ratings. This drew attention to the lack of R&D on safety enchiladas our cars should carry.
With Tata taking the steering wheel to make their cars safer according to the Global NCAP, there is now a horde of 5-star safety rated cars in India. With that being said, Mahindra and Mahindra did something which no other manufacturer was able to pull off.
Their Mahindra XUV 300 was awarded the ‘Safer Choice’ award by Global NCAP. XUV300 is now the first car to be recognized with this award and this might provide much-needed motivation to the automobile manufacturers in India. To be precise, the Indian consumer is more concerned with the average of an automobile rather than the safety feature. This might be the reason the automotive sector turned a blind eye to this aspect.
Well, it is never too late and my favorite band ‘Three Days Grace’ agrees with that. So, how did XUV 300 receive something which even the Nexon could not qualify for? Nexon being the safest car in this segment before XUV 300 swooped in, did not opt for the Pedestrian Protection test which gave the XUV 300 an upper hand. Another eligibility criteria were to provide Electronic Stability Control (ESC) as standard in every variant.
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.”