Four-star rating to Vitara Brezza

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 28 Sep 2018 10:49:41



VEHICLE safety group Global NCAP has given four stars to Maruti Suzuki India’s compact SUV Vitara Brezza and zero to Renault’s multi purpose vehicle Lodgy for adult occupant protection after conducting crash tests. The UK-based group conducted crash tests on the standard variant of Brezza which comes with dual airbags and standard variant of Lodgy which comes without airbags.

However, Renault India said all its models in the country meet and exceed the regulations set by ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India). As per crash test findings, which were released on Thursday, Global NCAP said Brezza with standard double airbags, ABS, and ISOFIX anchorages, achieved four stars for adult occupant protection and two stars for child occupant protection. “The adult occupant protection was good and robust. The child occupant protection rating was only two stars due to the forward facing positioning of the 18 month old dummy in the test, though the 3 year old dummy received good protection,” it said.

On the other hand, NCAP said Renault Lodgy without airbags in its standard version achieved zero stars for adult occupant protection and two stars for child occupant protection.
“The zero star result was partly due to the lack of airbags which caused the head and chest to impact the steering wheel,” it added. The car also showed an unstable structure during crash with deformations even in rear door and a rupture in foot well area, it noted. Stating that four star result for Vitara Brezza is really impressive, Global NCAP Secretary General David Ward said:

“It demonstrates clearly the safety engineering capabilities of India’s leading vehicle manufacturer. It also shows the beneficial effects of Indian Govt’s new crash test standards helping to raise levels of vehicle safety”.