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Maruti Cars' New Crash Test Results Are Out: Maruti Suzuki models have undergone the new Indian crash test norms. Nine out of 15 Maruti models have passed the new norms of vehicle safety. The new safety norms will be made mandatory for all cars by October 1, 2019.
The models which have passed the test include the Celerio, Ignis, Swift, Dzire, Ertiga, Baleno, Vitara Brezza, Ciaz and S-Cross. Meanwhile, the cars which do not comply with the new norms as of now are: Omni, Gypsy, Eeco, WagonR and Alto. These models will either be discontinued or updated to meet the safety standards.
Maruti is already working on newer versions of the Alto and WagonR. However, no news is known about the Omni, Eeco and Gypsy – three of the most basic models of the brand.
The Maruti Gypsy is expected to be replaced by the new Suzuki Jimny. But nothing about the Jimny has been officially shared yet. Most of the things we hear about the Jimny are just speculations. You can check what we expect in the new Jimny – here.
The new crash test norms pertain to full frontal, offset front and side impact protection. The norms were introduced on October 1, 2017, and are meant to bring Indian vehicles to international safety standards.
Maruti Suzuki has already got their own crash test facility at their R&D centre in Rohtak, Haryana. The brand had previously shared that they carry out around 40 crash tests for every new model, under development.
Usually, Indian cars undergo safety tests conducted by leading organisations such as Global NCAP*, Euro NCAP or ASEAN NCAP. Very few cars sold in India achieve a five-star rating in those tests while some score one star or even zero stars. The new safety norms will surely uplift the safety standards of Indian cars.
*NCAP stands for New Car Assessment Programme.
Thoughts On The New Indian Crash Test Results Of Maruti Cars
Maruti cars have been recently getting some bad criticism regarding quality standards. Some claim that Maruti Suzuki deliberately makes cars extra light to achieve performance and mileage figures. In order to make a car lightweight while keeping costs low, substandard body panels have to be used. Since ‘most' Maruti models have passed the updated Indian crash test norms, we can be sure that it is not the case. What do you think?
*crash test images are for representational purposes only.