Maruti Suzuki Ignis, Ciaz, Baleno, 2 others clear safety tests

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New Delhi | February 23, 2017 6:00 AM

Maruti Suzuki, India's largest car maker, on Tuesday announced that five of its products — Ignis, S-Cross, Ciaz, Baleno and Ertiga — have been tested and certified by official homologation agencies for advanced safety regulations on offset, side impact and pedestrian safety, much ahead of the October deadline set by the Union government.

Maruti Suzuki, India’s largest car maker, on Tuesday announced that five of its products — Ignis, S-Cross, Ciaz, Baleno and Ertiga . (Reuters)

Maruti Suzuki, India’s largest car maker, on Tuesday announced that five of its products — Ignis, S-Cross, Ciaz, Baleno and Ertiga — have been tested and certified by official homologation agencies for advanced safety regulations on offset, side impact and pedestrian safety, much ahead of the October deadline set by the Union government.

According to the company, to meet the advanced safety regulations, each of these vehicles has undergone 35-40 tests during design and development over three to four years. About 75-80% of cars in the Maruti Suzuki portfolio would become compliant to these norms, about a year ahead of them becoming mandatory in India.

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“The state-of-the-art crash lab facilities and proving ground at Rohtak, together with the capability of its engineers, have enabled Maruti to meet advanced safety regulations in these five models, ahead of schedule,” the company said in a statement issued on Wednesday.On Monday Maruti showcased its research and development facility in Rohtak, Haryana. The company also made an exhibition of the crash testing facilities it has developed there which is the only R&D facility of Suzuki outside India.

Maruti had already made an investment of R1900 crore in the first phase of development while the total investment will be around R3,800 crore at the end of the second phase in 2019.

“MSIL R&D’s first success was facelift of the iconic vehicle, Zen, in 2003, followed by co-design of Swift with the Suzuki global R&D team in 2005. Competence of the team grew steadily as more models and technologies were introduced, leading up to the compact SUV, Vitara Brezza in 2016,” the company said in a issued press release.

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