The Global NCAP on the sidelines of the Safer Cars For India summit announced the crash test results of two India-made cars. One is the Renault Lodgy which was launched in India in 2015 and is a MPV. The other one is the highly popular Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. Both the vehicles were crash tested a few days ago and the results were released today. The Renault Lodgy scored zero stars while the Vitara Brezza SUV got four stars in the Global NCAP crash tests.
Renault Lodgy crash test results explained
This is the third time that a made-in-India Renault product has scored zero stars in the Global NCAP crash tests. In 2016, the Renault Kwid scored zero stars while the next year, the Duster got the same results. The Renault Lodgy that was tested was the base variant. It doesn’t get airbags. For the adult occupant protection, zero stars were awarded while two stars were given for child occupant protection. GNCAP says that the zero stars was partly given because the head and chest did hit the steering wheel. It was also noted that the passenger head and neck area had good protection. The driver chest though had weak protection and for the passenger chest, there was marginal protection.
An unstable structure of the Renault Lodgy was also noticed during the crash with deformations even in the rear door and a rupture in the footwell area. The lack of ISOFIX anchorages in the Renault Lodgy meant that the child seats needed to be installed with adult seatbelts and this lead to insufficient protection from impact.
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza crash test results explained
Maruti provides the Vitara Brezza with dual airbags, ABS with EBD and ISOFIX child seat anchorages as standard. This means a four star rating as far as the adult occupant protection was concerned. For the child occupant protection, the Vitara Brezza received a two star. Global NCAP noted that the grown up protection was good and the vehicle structure seemed robust as well. However, the child seat anchorage points were incorrectly positioned and can be improved upon. The protection offered to the driver and passenger head and neck was noted to be very good. However, the driver chest showed marginal protection while the passenger chest showed good protection.