The brand Volkswagen is predominantly known for its build quality apart from its frugal and efficient engine.
Do Volkswagen cars in India withstand high impact collision, even in a situation when it gets smashed between two trucks? This was witnessed in a recent accident in God's own country Kerala where German engineering came to the rescue of the occupants of the Vento.
The video and images here show how a Volkswagen Vento took the impact of the collision and how it saved the occupants. The narrator of the video reveals that there were two out-of-state trucks were involved in the crash.
The owner of the sedan Karan says, "I was hit by the truck from behind and then with the increased momentum hit the truck in front". The Vento was sandwiched between the trucks leaving it damaged at the front and rear. While one of the trucks is seen in the video, the other truck is reported to have fled without stopping.
The narrator also reveals that the passengers inside the Vento were unhurt despite the sedan taking a massive impact from both ends. The airbags have also deployed protecting the occupants from severe injuries.
The cabin or the shell of the Volkswagen Vento is seen mostly unaffected by the collision keeping passengers safe. The Vento is beyond repair, but this is a reflection of how effective are the crumple zones of the sedan are. The crumple zones seem to have absorbed most of the impact and have not transferred it to the occupants.
Modern cars are built with unibody construction, unlike ladder frame based vehicles, where the chassis absorbs the impact. However, carmakers have been developing new cars with crumple zones which absorb the impact of a crash and this is the reason why the occupants in this Vento were unhurt without any severe or life-threatening injuries.
Modern vehicles are manufactured with lightweight materials to increase its fuel efficiency and performance. Many carmakers ignore the strength of the material used to achieve better mileage and performance and ignore the safety aspect of the occupants.
India is readying its version of crash test agency called Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program (BNVSAP); this should ensure cars built in India is focused on the build quality rather than favourite features such as ABS, EBD or airbags. While these features are indeed safety options, the body or the shell of the cars need to be built of high-quality material as well.