India’s largest car seller, Maruti Suzuki, has announced that nine cars from the brand meet the latest crash test norms in India. The manufacturer currently sells 15 models in the market. The new crash test norms were implemented in October 2017 but these are not mandatory for vehicles. However, from October 2019, all cars on sale will have to meet the new crash test norms.
The new crash norms are set for full-frontal impact, off-set frontal impact and side impact. From October 2018, the new pedestrian protection norms will be enforced and all the cars launching after October 2020 will have to meet the new norms.
Maruti’s new cars, such as the S-Cross, Ciaz, Ertiga, Vitara Brezza, Baleno, Swift, Dzire, Ignis and Celerio meet the crash norms under the Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program (BNVSAP). Maruti will launch the facelifted Ciaz and the all-new Ertiga in the Indian market later this year. The cars that do not comply with the crash test norms are the Omni, Gypsy, Eeco, WagonR and the Alto. Maruti says that all the non-compliant cars will require substantial work to be compliant with the crash test norms. Either these vehicles will be replaced by all-new versions or will they will be discontinued from the market when the crash test norms are enforced next year.
Maruti will replace the Ertiga with an all-new model soon, while other models like the Omni and Eeco are expected to be discontinued. Maruti is also planning to replace the WagonR with an all-new model soon. The Alto will also be replaced with an all-new model next year. The Gypsy will be replaced with the all-new Jimny in the Indian market but Maruti has not shared any details about the production of this SUV.
Maruti Vitara Brezza is currently the best selling Utility Vehicle in the market, while the Baleno is also the top-selling car in the segment. The all-new Dzire and Swift were launched recently. Dzire is the best-selling car in the country while the Swift is the second-best selling car in India.
There will be a lot happening in the Indian automotive industry in the near future. The government has also set the 2020 deadline for rolling out BS VI compliant vehicles in the market. We expect to see a lot of new launches soon with updated engines or updated body structures to meet the BNVSAP norms in the market.