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Brezza, Nexon clear crash tests with stars

GNCAP tested the Brezza and Nexon that come with two front airbags as standard, and Renault's Lodgy multipurpose vehicle that didn’t have airbags.

Sep 28, 2018, 07.49 AM IST
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On adult occupant protection, both Brezza and Nexon scored a four-star rating. On child safety, Brezza got two stars and Nexon scored a three.
NEW DELHI: The two top-selling compact SUVs in India, Maruti Suzuki's Vitara Brezza and Tata MotorsNexon, scored a four-star rating in crash tests conducted by Global New Car Assessment Programme (GNCAP), a UK-based vehicle safety watchdog.

GNCAP tested the Brezza and Nexon that come with two front airbags as standard, and Renault's Lodgy multipurpose vehicle that didn’t have airbags. The seven-seater Logdy got a ‘zero’ in the adult protection crash test, but surprisingly received two stars on child protection, GNCAP said.

“It is surprising and a matter of great concern that global carmakers are still producing cars that offer substandard and zero safety in India,” Alejanro Furas, GNCAP’s technical director, said while announcing the results on Thursday. “The same models will be considered illegal in their own countries."

The watchdog conducts safety tests on cars it purchases from the market across. Maruti Suzuki did not respond to a request for comment till press time on Thursday. GNCAP had announced the Tata Nexon results first in August. At the time, Tata Motors president for passenger vehicles Mayank Pareek said: “With these test results, the Nexon is India's safest compact SUV…”

Renault said its products were certified by the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), as per the current local requirement.

The tests by GNCAP are conducted at speeds that are higher than those prescribed by the regulatory authorities in India. GNCAP conducted offset frontal crash test at 64 km per hour, while India’s regulatory body ARAI prescribes it at 56 kmph, Renault India said in a statement.

“As India is gradually moving towards international safety and emission norms by including more robust regulations, Renault will be ready for the upcoming safety regulations and BS VI norms,” it said.

On adult occupant protection, both Brezza and Nexon scored a four-star rating. On child safety, Brezza got two stars and Nexon scored a three.

The body shells of both compact SUVs have been rated stable. A rigid body is one of the key aspects of the safety of a car as it absorbs the initial impact.

The Maruti and Tata vehicles tested in this round were equipped with standard safety features such as driver and passenger seat airbags, seat belt pre-tensioners and anti-lock braking system.

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