As the new crash test norms have been implemented for Indian car market from October 2017, all new cars in India will have to undergo a crash test, which is very similar to what most of the Europeans car undergo as well. As the current Indian market is more driven by price than safety, auto makers will have to upgrade their products to meet the new norms.
Girish Wagh, Senior Vice President of Product Planning & Program Management – PVBU at Tata Motors Limited told MotorOctane, “Nano at the present meets at the regulations in the country. On safety, there are active safety and passive safety. In Active is before the impact happens and passive is how to react after the impact. One important aspect is that Tata Motors was the first manufacturer to have in India to have its own crash test facility started in the late 90s.”
He further added, “As per as the Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Programme (BNVSAP) few of our key safety leads are a part of the government and with every product, we will come out with different products on active and passive safety trims. We will be focusing on safety, like we have done in the Zest and Bolt with a safety variant for the mid-trim of XMS, and we will adding more such trims in the future too. On different products will be offering different packages for safety.”
There are several products that will have to undergo a major upgrade, which will make it difficult for some already existing cars to pass the test, and so some them will be phased out. “2017-18 is challenging and we are working on it because there will have to be several changes and some products could be discontinued not just for us but others also. There will be a cost impact for everyone as there in increase in costing,” Mr Wagh mentioned.