With the increasing priority towards the safety features in cars in India, the Global New Car Assessment Programme (GNCAP) recently revealed that it could soon start crash testing cars in India. The GNCAP according to a media report said that if everything went according to the plan, it could start crash testing the vehicles in India by the end of 2023. The global vehicle safety agency expressed excitement at the Bharat NCAP but stated that it also stated that it is prepared to continue testing until 2025.
The GNCAP in the recently finished round of crash testing announced the achievement of testing 50 cars from India under its ‘Safer Cars for India’ test program which commenced in 2014. The executive president, Global NCAP, David Ward, after the announcement of the milestone said, “We’ve had tremendous support, especially from our partner Dr Rohit Baluja at Institute of Road Traffic Education and also the Indian government in terms of regulation, and the transport minister has taken it upon himself to further safety. When we launched, most said consumers would not take an interest in safety and this would never succeed here, but we’re so happy to see the progress and the rapidly rising consumer interest.”
He further expressed his elation on Indian brands actively taking part in the program by saying, “We thought at the beginning it would be foreign brands that would dominate, but it’s been a pleasant surprise to see Indian brands take the lead and continue to work towards safer cars,” Ward also stated, “Our intention was always for safer cars for India to be a pilot NCAP and we didn’t intend to keep going for this long,” He added, “There were discussions for a BNCAP (Bharat New Vehicle Assessment Program), but those are bogged down, and the government has said they are not sure where they are with it and have encouraged us to keep going.”
The recent round of Indian cars that were crash tested by GNCAP were, Honda City, Honda Jazz, Nissan Magnite, and Renault Kiger and all four of these cars received an impressive four-star safety rating for adults in the testing. And with the testing of these cars, the milestone of 50 Indian car crash tests was achieved but it is to be noted that only 19 of the 50 cars tested since 2014 have been voluntarily given to the manufacturers, the rest of them were bought by GNCAP and then air-freighted to the testing facility of ADAC’s technical centre near Munich which is a German motoring association.
Currently, the funding for the GNCAP is supported by the FIA Foundation and Bloomberg philanthropy as well as a few manufacturers who volunteer and pay for their own tests. The GNCAP chief Ward, during the interview, revealed that the organization has successfully secured additional funding which will help it to further conduct testings till 2025 but he then said that after 2025, he expects the Bharat NCAP to set up its own testing centre in the Indian subcontinent.
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