While Ford improves, General Motors fails in NCAP crash testing

GM should be embarrassed they are selling cars with such inadequate occupant protection in India, says Secretary General of Global NCAP

By:Updated: March 6, 2017 2:24:33 PM
GM CEO, Chairman Mary Barra had previously made a strong commitment that GM will be “an industry leader” in vehicle safety

Crash tests run on the Chevrolet Enjoy and the Ford Aspire (Next Gen Figo) have revealed a contrast in both the brands performance in terms of safety. Global NCAP has released the first set of results under ‘Safer Cars For India’ and Chevrolet couldn’t raise itself a single star for adult occupant protection. The Enjoy is sold without airbags in the base variant, and the test results also revealed poor structural performance. In terms of rear seat child occupant protection, it scored two stars. Ford did much better on these tests, which were carried out on the Aspire (Next Gen Figo).

The Figo Aspire comes fitted with dual airbags as standard. It scored three stars in adult occupant protection and two stars for rear seat child protection.

“Ford’s three star result shows that basic levels of safety are achievable as standard in the Indian vehicle market. It is also encouraging to see progress in safety compared to the earlier version of the Figo we tested in 2014,” David Ward, Secretary General of Global NCAP, said.

“In contrast, we are extremely concerned about the poor result of the Chevrolet Enjoy. There is nothing to enjoy about a zero star safety score and GM should be embarrassed that they are selling cars with such inadequate levels of occupant protection to Indian consumers,” he added.

In their 2015 Sustainability Report Mary Barra, the Chairman & CEO of GM, Chevrolet’s parent company, made a strong commitment that GM will be “an industry leader” in vehicle safety. She also stated that quality and safety for GM “are foundational commitments, never compromised”. Unfortunately, the safety of the Chevrolet Enjoy is clearly compromised and Mary Barra’s call to “Speak Up for Safety” has not yet translated into action in India.”

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“Statistics by the Government of India reveal that speed is the causative factor of deaths of over 64,000 people in road crashes every year and that in 2015 over 63% of the 1,46,000 road crash fatalities occurred on national and state highways. Vehicle manufacturers today should adopt the global philosophy of the “safe systems approach” the thought process of which reflects that even if crashes do occur, road users should not die or get seriously injured. This is particularly important for the Indian scenario,” Rohit Baluja, President of the Institute of Road Traffic Education, said.

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“In 2014, our first year of Indian testing, the Ford Figo scored zero stars, this year in our fourth year it has scored three. Ford have demonstrated that progress is possible and importantly this progress will save lives in India.

“Other manufacturers too have been catalysed by Safer Cars for India to improve safety for Indian consumers, though sadly some such as GM are yet to step up.

I am sure that Bharat NCAP will continue to set out requisite safety norms in accordance with the principles set by the Global NCAP in order to foster improvements in safety for India’s vehicle market.”

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