Renault India and Mahindra assured Indian customers regarding the safety of their vehicles while Maruti refused to respond and Hyundai took shield behind the prescribed safety standards.
After Global NCAP crash test Renault India responded stating, “GNCAP announced their results today and welcomed Renault’s efforts and commitment to safety enhancement. Safety is of paramount importance for Renault and all our products meet and exceed the requisite safety standards set by Indian Regulatory Authorities. India is gradually moving towards international safety norms by including more robust safety regulations and the assurance of the Bharat NCAP is a positive step in this direction. As a customer-focused company, Renault fully supports this initiative and we are already future-ready in terms of technology, design and engineering for enhanced safety for all our vehicles. Indian Government has announced that the crash test regulation for the existing cars will come into effect in 2019 and for the new cars in 2017. Renault is committed to comply with these timelines.”
On the other hand in response Mahindra stated, “All Mahindra Automotive products are developed and manufactured to meet or exceed the safety standards set in India for a safe driving experience. In fact, many models exceed the expected regulations of 2019. The star rating as released by Global NCAP (GNCAP) in the latest crash test was conducted on non-airbags variant of the Scorpio. Typically, in any star rating process, non-airbag variants do not perform well on safety standards. Most variants of the Scorpio are equipped with airbags and a safety package. Approximately 75% of Scorpio customers choose the air bags variants of the vehicle. There is nothing more important to us than our customer’s safety. We are committed to meeting and exceeding all current and future safety norms and in most cases giving our customers choice of enhanced safety beyond the regulated standards.”
Mr. V. Anand from Hyundai Motor India issued a statement “Hyundai Motor India affirms that Hyundai vehicles are designed and build to meet all the prescribed safety standards set by Indian Regulatory Authorities.”
With active Involvement of leaders like Mr. Sumit Sawhney MD and CEO of Renault India Private Limited & Mr. Anand Mahindra Chairman and MD of Mahindra and Mahindra Limited in customer need, response and safety, one can be rest-assured that these companies will take care of any glitch which comes up. Renault India on top is the only company that has responded at first after this incident, then Mahindra did and Hyundai followed. On the other hand Maruti is refusing to respond after the Global NCAP crash test results.
Renault India stood up and assured the Indian customers that their products are future compliant to Indian norms and they will be moving towards International standards soon and Mahindra assured that their equipped variants which are chosen by approximately 75% customers are meeting and exceeding all current and future safety norms.
The statement by Mr. V. Anand from Hyundai was most surprising as one never expected the automotive giant and market leader to take shield under the Regulatory norms. Hyundai being a global manufacturer should lay down global manufacturing standards in the Indian market as well. However under the present norms they might fit in and nobody can hold up Hyundai for that. Hence they too come out clean in this.
Till the time we don’t see Indian Regulatory Authorities coming on the same page with the GNCAP norms we can’t really hold any manufacturer accountable. Afterall we still have Datsun Go plying on the roads and even with Ola cabs. So what are we really talking about? So unless there are policy level changes these tests will prove futile.
Lastly such behaviour from market leading automotive giants like Maruti is very disappointing will definitely hamper their public image.
Words: Atul Bandhu