Zero. Zilch. Diddly-squat. That’s how many stars each of these five vehicles managed to score during the latest round of Global NCAP crash-tests conducted in India.
The Indian-spec versions of the Renault Kwid, Maruti Suzuki Celerio, Maruti Suzuki Eeco, Mahindra Scorpio SUV, and Hyundai Eon all exhibited low levels of adult occupant protection, each scoring zero stars out of five.
Three different versions of the Kwid were tested, including one featuring airbags, but each scored zero stars for adult safety. Renault says a fourth, safer version is on the way, and Global NCAP is keen to put it to the test.
David Ward, secretary general of Global NCAP, branded the models in question “clearly sub-standard”.
“The latest results show how important it is for cars to have a body-shell that can remain stable in a crash. This is an absolutely crucial pre-requisite for occupant safety together with fitment at least of front airbags. It is very surprising that a manufacturer like Renault introduced the Kwid initially lacking this essential feature,” said Ward.
“Global NCAP strongly believes that no manufacturer anywhere in the world should be developing new models that are so clearly sub-standard. Car-makers must ensure that their new models pass the UN’s minimum crash test regulations, and support use of an airbag.
“We welcome Renault’s efforts to correct this and we look forward to testing another improved version with airbags. Renault has a strong record of achievement in safety in Europe and it should offer the same commitment to its customers in India.”
Watch the somewhat startling crash-test videos below.