Like the Euro NCAP safety testing system, Global NCAP has a two-level procedure. A car is submitted in base specification and is tested. It can then be resubmitted, but fitted with any optional safety equipment that is available.
Renault recently submitted the Kwid, the Indian Car of the Year, in base spec. It scored zero points. Renault then submitted a highest spec model with driver’s airbag and pretensioner on the seatbelt. It scored one point.
Global NCAP technical director, Alejandro Furas, said: “Often we only test the basic model, as there is no guarantee that safety options will be bought.
“In this case we wanted to demonstrate that even if manufacturers claimed that the consumer could purchase safety features, such as airbags, this would only raise the level slightly. Fundamental work needs to be done to improve the car’s safety.”
A statement from Renault said: “Renault is optimising the safety of its vehicles and has announced that a Kwid was released from 9 May in India, after the crash tests done by GNCAP, with higher results expected in terms of safety.”
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