Tata Motors India has taken it to the social media channels mocking the Maruti Suzuki S-Presso for receiving ‘Zero’ stars for adult protection at the Global NCAP a few days ago. In its advertisement campaign, Tata Motors has released a picture of a broken coffee cup with the coffee beans spilling out of the cup and onto the table. The advertisement campaign also mentions a text saying “We Don’t Break That Easy” and the Global NCAP 4-star rating certification next to it.
The Tata Tiago and Tigor were tested by Global NCAP an international charity organisation that promotes vehicle crash testing and reporting especially for the emerging markets like ourselves. Under their initiative ‘SaferCarsForIndia’ Global NCAP has been crash-testing and reporting vehicle from Indian manufacturers. The Maruti Suzuki S-Presso was tested a few days ago and received ‘0’ stars for safety in the adult protection department. However, the Mini SUV as the Indo-Japanese brand likes to call it scored 2-stars for child protection.
Similarly, in January of 2020, the Tata Tiago/Tigor was tested for crash safety and Global NCAP issued a report which certified the car with 4-stars for adult protection and 3-stars for child safety. According to the report, the Tata Tiago scored 12.52 points out of 17 points for adult protection and 34.15 points for 49 points for child safety. The Tata Tiago was subjected to a Front Offset Deformable Barrier Test at the speed of 64 kmph.
The Tata Tiago test car was equipped with driver and passenger seat belt reminders, driver seatbelt pretensioner, driver and passenger frontal airbag and ABS. The 3-year old child dummy was seated in a BRITAX SAFEFIX child restraint system while the 18-month old child was seated in the BRITAX BABY-SAFE W/BASE child restraint system.
Meanwhile, Maruti Suzuki has issued an official statement with respect to the crash test rating for the S-Presso. The brand mentioned that it understands that safety is a ‘critical’ issue and is therefore regulated by Governments around the world and not left to “Self-Proclaimed” organisations, pointing towards the GNCAP. Furthermore, Maruti Suzuki also stated that since the Government of India increased the severeness of crash test norms, making them at par with the European standards, the products from the Maruti Suzuki are in line with global standards plus they have been tested and certified by the Government of India.