The Nexon has created history for Tata Motors. It will go down in the history books as the first product from an Indian automobile manufacturer to score five stars in the Global NCAP crash tests, scoring 16.06 out of 17 points for adult occupancy protection. A few months ago, when Global NCAP tested the car for the first time, the Nexon achieved a four-star rating. Now, the car has scored five stars for adult occupancy protection. There is no change in the child occupancy protection, for which it scored three stars on both occasions. To get the fifth star, the Nexon was required to pass a side impact test meeting UN95 side impact protection requirements. The Tata Nexon is the only made in India car to get five stars in adult occupancy protection in the Global NCAP crash tests, creating a benchmark for other vehicles in the segment.
If you want to get your hands on the five-star rated Nexon, you must buy the vehicle that is produced from today, as this result is valid for all Nexon units produced as from December 7, 2018 (from VIN MAT627165JLP51255).
“This is a huge landmark for car safety in India. Congratulations to Tata Motors for achieving India’s first five star rating for adult occupant protection. Congratulations also to Mahindra for their first four star result. The Nexon was engineered in India and this shows the huge capability of the domestic industry to achieve excellence in safety design and performance. With the Nexon, Tata have shown the global car industry that to achieve five stars you can ‘Make in India’. Global NCAP is looking forward to many more Indian five star cars and further improvements in both pedestrian protection and crash avoidance.”
In other news, Mahindra Marazzo has scored four stars (12.85 out of 17 points) in adult occupancy protection. However, in child occupancy protection, the MPV scored only two stars (22.22 out of 49 points). The MPV was equipped with two airbags, front seat belt pre-tensioners and ABS as standard. This result is valid for all Marazzos produced from November 16, 2018.
According to the Global NCAP report for the Marazzo, ‘The protection offered to the driver and passenger’s head and neck was good. Driver’s chest showed marginal protection while passenger’s chest showed adequate protection. Driver and passenger’s knees showed good protection. The bodyshell was rated as stable and it was capable of withstanding further loadings. The car offers standard SBR (seatbelt reminder) for driver and standard ABS. The car offers SBR for the passenger but it does not meet Global NCAP requirements.’
While the protection offered to the chest of the three year old child dummy was ‘fair’, the head was vulnerable, because of the excessive forward movement of the forward facing dummy. For the 18-month old dummy, good protection was offered to the head and chest as the MPV was equipped with ISOFIX anchorage points. The report also said that the recommended CRS (child restraint system) did not show incompatibility.
Tata Motors and Mahindra have to be commended for the results achieved at the Global NCAP crash tests, proof that the companies are taking safety seriously and making safer cars for the masses.