Global NCAP: Kia Carens rated 3 stars and Mahindra achieves ‘Safer Choice’ Award for XUV 700

Global NCAP releases final set of results for the #SaferCarsForIndia campaign under current testing protocols, with welcome support from the FIA ​​Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies

Global NCAP releases the latest set of results for the #SaferCarsForIndia campaign under current testing protocols, with welcome support from the FIA ​​Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies. Starting next month, the assessment protocols will be updated to include requirements for side impact, electronic stability control (ESC) and pedestrian protection.

The Kia Carens scored 3 stars for adult occupant protection and 3 stars for child protection and after a previous five star rating, the Mahindra XUV 700 has now received a ‘Safer Choice’ Award.

The Indian-made Carens was tested in its most basic safety specification, equipped with two front airbags, two side airbags and two side head airbags. ESC also fits standard in this specification. The Carens was also side impact tested and met the UN95 regulatory requirement.

During the assessment, the Carens showed an unstable structure, marginal protection at the driver’s chest and weak protection at the driver’s feet. Global NCAP noted that the model is still sold with a lap belt in the center rear seat instead of a three-point belt.

Mahindra has this time won its second ‘Safer Choice’ Award for the XUV 700. The Award is only available to car manufacturers that achieve high safety performance

In November 2021, the XUV 700 was awarded five stars for adult occupant protection and four stars for child occupant protection. It had one of the highest combined occupant safety scores of all the cars tested in the #SaferCarsForIndia campaign.

Mahindra volunteered the XUV 700 for further testing, with the model meeting both pedestrian protection and ESC requirements.

Alejandro Furas, Secretary General of Global NCAP, said:

“Global NCAP welcomes Kia’s decision to make six airbags standard in the Carens, ahead of a legal requirement. However, we expected better performance from this model. It remains a concern that global car brands such as Kia, which normally achieve 5 stars in other markets, are still not reaching this level in India.

“Global NCAP congratulates Mahindra on its second ‘Safer Choice’ Award and on the wider adoption of ADAS technologies.”

David Ward, president of the Towards Zero Foundation said:

“As our current testing protocols come to an end, I’m delighted to see Indian automakers like Mahindra bag their second ‘Safer Choice’ award.

“The evolution of our testing requirements under the new protocols that come into effect from next month aims to take the progress we have seen over the past eight years to the next level.” SOURCE:

Global NCAP

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