Tata Motors has successfully made a name for itself for producing some of the safest cars on sale in the mainstream market today. The Nexon, which received a full 5-star adult safety rating from Global NCAP, has already shot to popularity owing to its great crashworthiness. Next in line to receive the 5-star safety rating is the Altroz, which was given this distinction in December 2018. With this, it became the only model in it segment to have scored a full score in Global NCAP crash tests.
Tata Altroz scored 5 stars in adult occupant protection and 3 stars in the child occupant protection category. The hatchback comes with 2 front airbags as standard across the trim line. In the crash test, its structure and the footwell were rated stable. Even the head and neck protection for the adults was adequate.
Child occupant protection was pretty good for the 18-month-old dummy with CRS installed in a rearward-facing layout and through the ISOFIX anchorages that come as standard. In the test for the 3-year-old dummy with CRS installed forward-facing, the backrest of the seat was unlatched during the crash due to the load of the top tether which was a reason for a score reduction. The head contact of the 3 years old dummy with the interior of the car, the lack of three-point belts in all seating positions, and the lack of possibility of disconnecting the passenger airbag when a rearward-facing CRS is installed in the passenger seat explain the three star rating for child occupant protection.
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Commenting on this landmark achievement, Mr. Mayank Pareek, President, Passenger Vehicles Business Unit (PVBU), Tata Motors, said, “We are proud to have delivered yet another product that will be regarded as the safest passenger vehicle on Indian roads. In alignment with our philosophy of Connected Electrified Shared and Safe (CESS) mobility solutions, we have successfully provided the Indian automotive industry with yet another product that is a certified example of stringent safety. The Nexon was the proverbial guiding light for us in this aspect, and the Altroz has followed its footsteps, setting a new benchmark across the industry safety standards. We hope that achievements such as this one, elevate the trust in our badge among the Indian car-buyers and continue to prove Tata Motors as a brand associated with class-defining products.”
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Road safety has been the prime agenda jointly for both the Government as well as the industry and Tata Motors is known to make safe cars for the masses. This Global NCAP safety rating of the Tata Altroz reaffirms Tata’s commitment to making cars with a high crashworthiness.
Expressing himself on this milestone, Mr. Rajendra Petkar, President and Chief Technology Officer, Tata Motors, said, “We are delighted to have made yet another car – the Tata Altroz that raises the bar for automotive safety standards across the industry. Being an industry first in the hatchback segment in the country, this is in lockstep with our objective to deliver mobility solutions that possess advanced technological features alongside providing robust protection for the occupants. This achievement is in line our philosophy that vehicle safety should be made accessible to all. Getting GNCAP 5 star for the Altroz is an outcome of the relentless hard work put in by the engineering team with support from the project function and entire organization, including our supplier partners. Together they delivered an excellent package consisting of outstanding structural integrity while using a “digital first” strategy.”
The Altroz’s structure and overall safety has been evaluated through the Global NCAP crash tests. The car has been tested for both front and side impacts. The combined evaluation of both the tests by Global NCAP have resulted in a full 5-star rating. Altroz has also achieved a notable 3-star for child occupant safety.
Speaking on the safety rating of Tata Altroz, David Ward, CEO and President of Global NCAP said,“The latest result in our #SaferCarsforIndia crash tests shows a strong signal that TATA is moving its fleet to 5-star levels of safety performance. We would like to encourage all other car manufacturers in India to follow TATA’s example and bring affordable 5-star cars to Indian consumers.”
“The Indian government’s minimum crash test standards are clearly helping to eliminate any new zero star cars from the market, and we will continue to work with them to ensure the push of regulatory requirements is complimented by the pull of consumer awareness, encouraging the demand for ever higher levels of safety.”