The Renault Kwid sold in the Indian market was recently crash tested by the Global NCAP. Unfortunately, the Kwid received zero safety rating in a frontal crash test. Now Brazil will be next to receive the Renault Kwid, which will be exported out of their facility in India.
Brazil is stringent on safety norms in their vehicles. All models sold in Brazil need to be equipped with airbags as a standard safety feature. Now it is confirmed that the Kwid sold in Brazil will be offered with four airbags and Electronic Stability Program (ESP) as standard.
Renault India issued an official statement which says, that the Kwid sold in India passes all safety standards set by Indian Regulatory Authorities. In India, crash testing for existing models will be effective from 2019 while new vehicles being launched will have to undergo crash testing by 2017 under the Bharat NCAP.
Surprisingly, Renault will be providing the Kwid for Brazil with more features and creature comforts compared to the Indian model. The Brazilian Renault Kwid will get front as well as side airbags, which could increase pricing.
We wonder if manufacturer's in India are neglecting the Indian customers? If they can deliver vehicles with more safety equipment in the international market, why not offer the same product in the fastest growing market. Take a look at Renault Kwid being crash tested by Global NCAP.