Renault India’s best-selling model in the Indian market, the Kwid which helped the French manufacturer to record its highest ever monthly YoY growth in April 2016 at 211 per cent, was indulged in stringent crash test framed by the Global NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme) organisation.
Under the ‘Safer Cars for India’ campaign, the Kwid was one of the seven India-made cars put through the crash tests, according to reports emerged on the internet. Autocar Professional ran the story earlier this month that such a campaign has been held but it’s been learned the Renault Kwid acquired below par scores.
Resultantly, the Kwid small hatchback has been re-engineered and the chassis reinforced in order to conduct the test again. As for now, seven compact cars have gone through the crash tests of the Global NCAP and on May 17 the results are expected to be announced. However, the Toyota Etios Liva hatchback that volunteered for testing is not included in the list.
Two years back, the Global NCAP called upon five of the popular Indian models and conducted crash testing which involves different levels. The cars were Maruti Suzuki Alto 800, Hyundai i10, Ford Figo, Volkswagen Polo and Tata Nano. The conclusion was that all of them received zero rating in adult protection.
Following that, Volkswagen Polo was offered in India with dual airbags as standard and then it attained four-star rating. The results published by Global NCAP in November 2014 for the Datsun Go and Maruti Suzuki Swift earned them zero star for adult protection as well. Even since that test, Nissan enhanced safety quotient of its model offerings by making driver airbag as optional extra and made revisions to the body structures.
Nissan’s budget brand, Datsun, could incorporate structural changes in the Redi-GO, based on the same platform as the Kwid, as well as per the report. Recently, Bajaj’s Qute quadricycle was put through testing by Euro NCAP and it was awarded just one stars.