The newly released Mahinda XUV700 has received a 5/5 star crash safety rating for adults and 4/5 stars from child safety, which follows the same rating given to the also new Tata Punch last month at the Global New Car Assessment Programme (GNCAP), which assesses the safety values of a car by crash-testing them on a variety of parameters, has resulted in India’s new car safety regulations being vindicated in a big way, as well as cementing the reputation of homegrown manufacturers as having the best build quality and safety features in the country.
It is further affirmed by the fact that after the new Mahindra’s assessment, 8 of the 10 safest cars in India according to GNCAP ratings are from Mahindra and Tata, with 3 cars from the former and 5 from the latter being represented.
The GNCAP uses the base models of every car that they test, which come with only standard safety fitment and other paraphernalia. This implies that if anyone gets any model higher than the basic trim, the crash rating will be better. GNCAP will be undergoing a shift in its assessment parameters from 2026 onwards, with a change to a single 5-star rating instead of separate columns for adult and child safety.
Further, safety features like ESC and ABS will be made required accessories as standard fitment as early as 2022, which will also be a change that carmakers will have to make to their cars.
With the highest incidents of road accidents in the world, with only 1% of the world’s vehicles, India contributes to 11% of the world’s road accidents and crashes. However, new regulations and a change in mindset, especially with Indian carmakers and buyers, has resulted in a shift in the priorities of new car buyers, with the average first question having changed from “what’s the mileage” to “what’s the crash rating”.
With that enhancements and the introduction of proposed stricter crash regulations in the form of a localised Indian New Car Assessment Programme (Indian NCAP), will be even more beneficial to the end-users, as well as introduce a sea-change in the perception of Indian cars and road safety in general in the country.