Maruti Brezza, India’s largest-selling UV has scored an impressive 4 stars in the Global NCAP (New Car Assessment Program) rating. The Global NCAP is testing various cars from the Indian market under the ‘Safer Cars for India Campaign’ and the Vitara Brezza came out with flying colours in the test. Here is the video of the test.
The cars are being tested at the ADAC crash facility in Germany. Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza was tested for front offset test at 64 km/h. It should be noted that the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza is designed for India and is made in India. It scored a 4 stars rating for the adult occupant safety and a 2 stars rating for the child occupant safety. The Global NCAP has said that the body structure of the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza is stable.
In a similar test, Tata Nexon was also given a similar 4-star rating by the Global NCAP. As per the report, the Maruti Brezza’s body shell has taken all the damages and important sections like the A-Pillar remain completely unaffected. The unaffected A-Pillar means that the passenger cabin remains intact keeping the occupants safe. The report also says that the body shell of the Vitara Brezza can take more damage while sustaining its structural integrity.
Maruti Suzuki has been criticised on numerous occasions for making lighter vehicles that are assumed to be unsafe. The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza is offered with ABS, dual front airbags and ISOFIX mounts for the child seats as standard across the variants. Agencies like Global NCAP test the lowest variant of the vehicle for crash test and the standard features surely helped the Vitara Brezza to keep the score high.
David Ward, Global NCAP Secretary-General, said,
“The four star result for Maruti Suzuki’s Vitara Brezza is really impressive. It demonstrates clearly the safety engineering capabilities of India’s leading vehicle manufacturer. It also shows the beneficial effects of the Indian Government’s new crash test standards helping to raise levels of vehicle safety. We are getting very close now to seeing India’s first five star car. In contrast the zero star Renault Lodgy is extremely disappointing. Global NCAP had hoped that Renault had learned from the difficult experience they had with the Kwid. It’s time now for Renault to make front air bags standard across their entire Indian product range. “
Maruti Suzuki India opened a global scale R&D centre in India last year. The brand announced that nine models including the Swift, Dzire, Ciaz, Ignis, Vitara Brezza, Baleno, Celerio, S-Cross and Ertiga meet the Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assesment Program (BNVSAP) that will be mandatory for all the Indian cars in 2020.
Earlier in August, Tata Nexon was tested by the Global NCAP and it scored 4-star rating for the adult occupant protection and a 3-star rating for the child occupant safety. Even the Nexon’s body has been rated as ‘stable’ by the Global NCAP agency.