While Maruti Suzuki cars saw a disappointing result in the latest round of Global NCAP (GNCAP) crash tests, the Made in India Skoda Slavia and Volkswagen Virtus have both set new safety standards in the sedan segment.
Both Skoda Slavia and VW Virtus have achieved a 5-star GNCAP safety rating for both Adult Occupant Protection and Child Occupant Protection, the highest in the Global NCAP crash tests. The achievement comes shortly after the Skoda Kushaq and VW Taigun became the first SUVs built in India to earn a comparable 5-star safety rating in October 2022.
In order to assess the frontal and side impact protection of all tested models, Global NCAP updated its crash test procedures. Assessments for pedestrian safety, side impact pole protection, and electronic stability control (ESC) are now mandatory for vehicles with the highest star ratings.
Which included ESC as standard, both the Volkswagen Virtus and the Skoda Slavia demonstrated a sturdy structure in the frontal impact and offered adequate to excellent protection for adult occupants, with marginal to excellent protection in the side impact scenarios, in accordance with their most basic safety specifications. Furthermore, child occupants were completely protected against frontal and side impacts, underscoring the high level of safety standards upheld by Global NCAP.
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