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Safety features could increase car prices by 15%

Safety features could increase car prices by 15%
Written by Parichay Malvankar

If the government does make safety features mandatory for all cars to be sold in India, the entire industry could take a collective hit of ~ Rs. 12,000 crore.

Mandatory safety features which would include ABS and airbags would result in a price hike of 10-15% across all variants, which will clearly not help the industry in recovering from the current sales slump.

This move could give a major blow to entry level offering in the A and B1 segment which sell purely based on price and their VFM quotient. With prices going up, the buying decision could change a bit.

Apart from making cars safer, the government has to implement other road safety measures as well which make the streets a better place compared to what they are currently.

However, we firmly believe that people could consider their lives more precious as opposed to a 30,000 – 40,000 rupee price hike and given that there is no other choice, buy the desired products.

The government is also preparing a new crash test programme specific for India, taking cues from the GLobal NCAP.

Source – BusinessStandard