Tata Motors has involved in quite a few trolling sessions in the recent past. On Valentine’s day, Tata Motors has released a new video trolling the competitors of the Altroz – the Maruti Suzuki Baleno and the Hyundai i20.
The video released on the official YouTube channel of Tata Motors show two hatchbacks – Baleno and the i20 wrapped in red covers and the DRLs turned on. Tata did not use the original names of the competitors. Instead, Tata Motors used Bae-Leno and Hi 20. In the video, the Altroz is inviting the other two vehicles for a “Crashdate”.
Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai are yet to make a statement on the new video or make a comeback. This is not the first time that Tata has used trolling against its competitors. However, in the past, they have received troll replies from Maruti Suzuki too.
Tata tweeted with a picture troll the S-Presso in the past and even released something similar against the WagonR. While this is something new that we are getting to see in India, such banter is quite common in the international markets. Car manufacturers like Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi involve in taking such potshots every now and then. But from time to time, these manufacturers also shower praises on each other and appreciate each other for the competition that they offer. We are yet to see any such appreciative post from Indian manufacturers though.
Five-star safety rating by Global NCAP
There are two cars from the Tata Motors line-up that received five-star safety rating by Global NCAP. The Tata Nexon became the first car in the Indian market to receive the five-star safety rating by Global NCAP. Later, the Altroz become the first hatchback to receive the perfect rating from Global NCAP. The Altroz is currently the only hatchback to enjoy the five-star safety rating. However, Mahindra XUV300 is currently the safest vehicle in the Indian market with the highest score in the crash test.
It should be noted that these crash test done by Global NCAP is not mandatory to sell vehicles in India. However, Global NCAP started a new campaign “Make Safer Cars for India” and under that, they have tested numerous vehicles from different segments. The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza has received a four-star safety rating in the tests done by Global NCAP.
Maruti Suzuki earlier said that the cars that they sell in India are all compliant with the safety standards laid down by the Indian government. All the cars sold by Maruti Suzuki meet the pedestrian safety norm and crash test norms laid down by the government. Hyundai is yet to comment on these developments and say anything on the matter.