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Five-Star Global NCAP-rating cars, made in India, will come soon as per the safety organisation's Secretary General, David Ward. He also added that Indian car manufacturers have made significant progress in terms of making safe cars, since 2014. He believes that Indian cars with a five-star Global NCAP rating will come by the start of 2019.
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Autocar India shares that Global NCAP has tested 23 Indian cars so far, which includes the Renault Lodgy, Maruti Swift and the Maruti Vitara Brezza. Global NCAP is currently crash-testing another set of cars in India and will give a better insight into the ones which deserves a five-star rating.
"At Auto Expo 2018, we had announced the ‘Safest Car For India' award. For that, we want a vehicle that meets pedestrian protection norms, has ESC and a five-star rating. We're not saying that it has to be the entry-level model because we want to incentivize somebody for getting this top award", Ward shared.
To qualify for the award, the vehicle under test must have a five-star rating for adult occupant safety and four stars for child occupants. The test vehicle (a car sold in India; in this context) should also meet some other criteria as per the United Nations Regulations.
As per the norm of Global NCAP tests, the top variant of a car is tested. Hence, if a car sold in India gets a five-star rating, it doesn't mean that all the variants on offer are equally safe. We have compiled a few safe cars sold in India as of now — check them out and let us know if you think we missed some model.
Thoughts On The Upcoming Global NCAP 5-Star Rating Cars In India
Indian cars are often criticised of being concentrated only for giving good mileage and keeping the prices low. However, many new cars sold in India are even advertised by the respective brands for being loaded with safety features. We still have to wait a while to know which all Indian cars would be eligible to get a five-star Global NCAP rating.