Tata Nexon impressed everyone with a 4-star safety rating in August 2018 but just months later, the compact SUV left everyone impressed with a full 5-star score in the Global NCAP crash tests under the #safercarsforindia initiative. The Nexon scored 16.06 out of 17 points in the adult occupant protection category, thereby becoming India’s first-ever car to score a full 5-star score in these tests. Speaking on the achievement, Gunter Butschek, MD and Chairman, Tata Motors, said,”The Nexon achieving 5 stars at Global-NCAP is an exemplary achievement, and fortifies our intent for the future product portfolio.”
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Speaking on the improvement in Tata Nexon safety rating, Alejandro Furas, Technical Director at Global NCAP, said,”The ABS, or anti-locking brakes, in a full channel version is a standard fitment for all the cars, so all the Nexon’s wheels have ABS in four channels. At the same time, the seat belt reminder was also now introduceed by the manufacturer as a standard feature for driver and passenger side as well.” With this, the car could achieve a full 5-star score without making any change to its structure, which was rated stable in the first place.
Commenting on the achievement, Mayank Pareek, President, Passenger Vehicle Business Unit, Tata Motors says, “A few years back, nobody believed that safety would sell in India. However, today’s Indian customers have evolved and are better exposed to the international market. They are more conscious towards safety and have started putting vehicle safety amongst the top priorities of car purchase.”
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“This car was entirely engineered in India and so it’s not like it required technical expertise from elsewhere. So it shows you what the Indian automobile industry is capable of. And the other thing to recognise, is that this is also the result of better crash test regulations from the Indian government. It’s a fantastic success story – a made in India success story around vehicle safety.” said David Ward, Secretary General, Global NCAP.
Meanwhile, the Tata Nexon received a 3-star score in the Child Occupant Protection category. As mentioned, the carmaker had to add standard Seat Belt Reminder (SBR) for the front occupants, which was in line with the updated Government norms. Also, the car had to pass the side impact test and meet UN95 side impact protection requirement to receive a full 5-star score.
David Ward further added,“This is a huge landmark for car safety in India. Congratulations to Tata Motors for achieving India’s first five star rating for adult occupant protection. Congratulations also to Mahindra for their first four star result. The Nexon was engineered in India and this shows the huge capability of the domestic industry to achieve excellence in safety design and performance. With the Nexon, Tata have shown the global car industry that to achieve five stars you can ‘Make in India’. Global NCAP is looking forward to many more Indian five star cars and further improvements in both pedestrian protection and crash avoidance.”
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