well the Brazilian spec KWID definitely looks well equipped find out what is different
Renault launched the KWID back in 2015, and this was their first attempt to make their mark in the entry level car segment of India. After the KWID’s launch, its aggressive pricing and the features that it offered in an entry-level hatchback made the car an instant hit. The KWID even bite into the sales shares of some other entry level products from renowned manufacturers like Maruti and Hyundai. The Indian customers appreciated everything about the car till Global NCAP crash tested the compact entry-level hatchbacks to measure the safety standards that they offered to the occupants inside. To our surprise and shock, the KWID failed the safety standard test horribly. The fate of the KWID at the crash test was similar to some other entry level cars like the Maruti Alto800 and Hyundai Eon.
Renault then assured the Indian buyers that they have reworked on the structure of the hatchback and launched the updated car. Later when the KWID has tested again, it managed to score 1-star safety rating. The reports stated that Renault although took steps in reinforcing the structure but they have made changes only to the driver side where as the passenger side structure was left untouched.
Now Renault has recently launched the KWID hatchback in the markets of Brazil, and it comes with plenty of upgraded equipment as well as cosmetic updates as well. Below we have provided all the difference between the Indian spec KWID and the Brazilian-spec KWID find out which one offers better equipment and safety features at the price point.
The car has scored fairly in terms of overall safety standard but will it get the same safety features for Indian market
The crash test results of the India-bound Renault Captur (Kaptur) are out, and quite honestly it scored pretty well in the overall crash test conducted by Latin NCAP. The Renault 5 door SUV was able to score 4 out of 5 stars for adult safety and 3 out of 5 stars for Child Safety.
The version that was tested was equipped with four airbags, electronic stability control, Isofix system for securing child seats in the back seat and seat belts with pretensioners. During the time of frontal impact, the Captur offered adequate protection to the driver and front passenger neck area. The chest protection of the driver was marginal while the passenger was good. Both the front passenger’s knees were also safe. The driver tibias showed adequate protection while the passengers showed good protection. The bodyshell of the SUV was also rated stable during the side impact. The side head-thorax airbag was offered good protection to the adult to the head, abdomen and pelvis area.
As far as the child safety of the SUV is concerned the child seat for the 3year-old child was not able to prevent forward movement during the frontal impact. However, the during side impact both the child dummies were well protected. The Captur also offers a 3 point belts in all seating positions as standard, and all of them met international technical standards. Thus like we already mentioned above the SUV was able to score 3 stars concerning Child safety standard.
Unfortunately this is not the same variant which is coming to India early next year
When we all were preparing to welcome the new generation, Swift hatchback after the Swift Dzire Euro NCAP dropped a bomb once again. The latest crash test reports released by Euro NCAP stated that the new generation Swift was able to score 3-star safety ratings at their latest crash test with standard safety features. These ratings were given on the cars overall performance in crash test protection as well as crash avoidance technologies provided in the car.
The car used in the crash test was equipped with basic safety features and was the 1.2 Litre GL, right-hand drive variant. This particular variant was fitted with both driver and front passenger airbags and also belt pretensioner and Belt Loadlimiter for the front passengers. The 2017 Swift was the International spec hatch, and thus it also featured side head airbag for the front as well as the rear passengers. The Car also featured side chest airbag and side pelvis airbag for the front passengers. The kerb weight of the five-door hatchback rated at 855 Kilogrammes.
The car scored 83 percent for the overall safety of the adult occupants inside while for the safety of the child it scored 75 % and 69 % for the pedestrian safety. Regarding overall safety assists, the Swift hatchback scored only 25 percent. Although the car scored fairly in the European NCAP crash test the key difference between the Indian spec Swift and this car tested here will be a lot. The Indian spec Swift variant will likely get only the front airbags as standard while this particular got 4 additional airbags.
The sedan will be launched in India next week
The accident is shocking news for all of us who are eagerly waiting for the launch of the new generation Maruti Dzire. Just a few days before the launch the new generation Dzire was involved in a high-speed crash with a Tata Safari Storme in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh. These images show the aftermath scene of the crash site; it is quite clear from the pictures that the Dzire suffered more damage than the Safari Storme.
The badly mangled Dzire side profile depicts the severity of the collision which also raises a huge question once again upon the safety of the occupants of the car. The Dzire took most of the impact towards the driver side door, and rear passenger door and the sheet metal was completely ripped off from the body structure which once again proves that Maruti still isn’t serious about the protection of the occupants inside. Although the severity of the accident is unknown thus we cannot blame the company directly at this moment but compare to the Dzire the Safari Storme looked like that it too less impact but still the front right side portion of the SUV is damaged beyond repair. No information about the occupant’s conditions is available at this moment.
The Duster is definitely one of the most popular Compact SUV’s of the Indian market but it also shares the same fate
In the second set of test for #SafercarsforIndia campaign Global NCAP has released their latest crash test results. The latest car to fall victim to the Global NCAP crash test is the new Renault Duster. The Duster which comes without airbags was tested, and it scored zero stars while on request of the manufacturer they even tested the air bag equipped variant as well which comes with an optional airbag.
The Duster which comes without an airbag disappointingly scored a big zero for adult occupant protection. The crash test quite clearly showed that the car which lacked the essential safety features like a driver airbag would have injured the adult occupant so severely that the chances of survival were zero. However, the same car was able to score 2 stars for rear seat child occupant protection.
After the test, Renault requested Global NCAP to test the version of the Duster which included a single driver airbag. This variant of the Duster was able to score 3 stars for adult occupant protection; while the child protection remained the same at 2 stars.
What is even more surprising was the fact that while the single driver side airbag equipped Latin NCAP tested duster, it managed to score 4 stars. Upon investigating Global NCAP found out that the Indian Duster airbag which was tested recently had a smaller sized airbag than the Latin American Duster.
Watch how the biker handle the situation with their presence of mind
In a recent case of road rage incident caught on camera, a car driver intentionally hit a motorcycle rider and tried to drop him off the bike in our National Capital Delhi. This video was posted by Delhi Bikerboi which clearly shows that these motorcycle riders were riding in a group when a person driving a Honda City tried to change lanes without warning. When the driver was asked politely to go on the same lane, he did not listened or cared and even sought to push and knock a motorcycle rider off his motorcycle with his car.
These kinds of road rage are quite common on Indian roads, and the only way to stay safe is that one should not mess with this kind of drivers. Just act calm and remember that the motorcycle riders are most vulnerable as they have only body armours and helmets for their protection while the car driver on the other is safe inside their vehicle. The one and the only way one can deal with these kind drivers is by jotting down or memorising the number plate and reporting it to the local Traffic police who are on duty.
The video shows that the bikers actually let the driver go because they were in a hurry but if someone falls under this kind of a horrible situation act sensibly and keep cool and handle the situation in a mature way.
Are you safe in the backseat of your car?
Ford India has released another inspiring and thoughtful TVC urging their customers to make safety a priority and not a choice. After what happened with the Indian cars at the NCAP global safety test it is quite surprising that more than two-thirds (70%) of close to 22,000 respondents of a survey by Ford India didn’t consider safety as an important consideration while buying a vehicle.
According to Ford, they were one of the first car makers who offered factory fitted safety belts in their cars and even now they are making sure that each of their cars comes loaded with atleast six-seven airbags available at an affordable price.
In their latest television commercial which has been titled ‘The Uncomfortable Question’ features a father and daughter. While the father picks her daughter from school and showing her their newest car. The father tried to explain every single feature of the car while also explaining the safety features of the car. The curious daughter raises a sensitive question that how wills the father be able to save her because she is sitting in the backseat of the car. Then the father explains to his daughter that she is also safe in the backseat of the car because their cars come with six airbags in total which will provide complete all-around protection.
The hidden message behind this new TVC is that the auto manufacturer urges car buyers to take safety as their main priority. Ford portfolio in India today gets plenty of advanced safety features which includes ABS, EBD, side & curtain airbags as well as industry-first knee airbag to keep their passengers safe.
Planning to get your hands on a safe car for you & your family? Check out our list
Safety has always been one of the top priorities of Indian customers recently keeping in mind the fact that Indian roads are perhaps the most treacherous roads of the world. Now, this is not exactly a new topic because many of the Indian automotive websites already has covered the subject in the past including us (Read our top 5 budget safe cars in India here). But time has changed, and now Indian automakers along with the Indian Government are trying hard to make the Indian roads as well as the cars safe.
Now almost all the Indian Auto manufacturers provide airbags for the safety of the front passengers while some other high-tech safety equipment like ABS, EBD, and ESC are now gradually being included in some of the budget cars of India as well. So below provided are the list of 5 budget cars which gets almost all the safety features on board which makes them some of the safest cars available in the Indian market today.
Click past jump to read more about the 5 Budget Hatchbacks With Best On Board Safety Features
The Savior becomes the life taker here
In a bizarre accident which took place in Noida, a Police van hits two motorcyclists and then fled away from the accident scene. Luckily the entire incident was captured by CCTV camera. The accident took place in Sector 11, Noida at 11 around AM on Sunday morning.
As you can watch in this CCTV footage, two motorcyclists on a Royal Enfield Thunderbird were trying to cross the road when the speeding PCR van carrying a constable and a driver appointed by the Noida law body rear-ended the Thunderbird motorcycle. Both the rider and the pillion were thrown up in the air because of the impact before hitting the ground. After hitting the motorcyclist the PCR van stopped for a few seconds as it is quite clear in the CCTV footage before fleeing away from the spot.
After the accident took place surprisingly the PCR van escaped from the spot instead of saving the accident victims and taking them to the Hospital. The local residents gathered at the spot and then rushed both the victims to the nearby hospital. The reports say that both the motorcycle riders are in seriously injured and are still not out of danger. Both the riders have broken legs and also suffered several other injuries to other parts of their body as well.
However, this is not the first time where an accident victim was not saved by the onlookers. There were many instances where the accident victim died on the spot because they were not taken to a hospital in time where their life could have been saved. But Indian Government has quite clearly passed a law which does not prevent any onlookers to rush an accident victim to the Hospital. The person won’t have to answer anyone about why he brought the victims to the Hospital.
This is the flagship offering from Ford for the Indian market!
To everyone’s surprise Ford Mustang actually scored just 2 stars at the recently conducted Euro NCAP crash test. This also happens to be the lowest score received by a renowned manufacturer since the year 2008.
The Mustang Coupe scored really badly at the frontal offset test, while the dummies get good protection of the knees and femurs while later after further analysis it was revealed that the driver’s head had ’bottomed out’ the airbag which means that the airbag did not provided adequate space pressure to the airbag thus resulting the dummies head hitting the steering wheel, while the side passengers head collided with the dashboard all because of the insufficient inflation of the dashboard. This is the reason why the scores of the front crash were penalized. The front passenger’s protection was good but the chest protection was adequate in full width rigid barrier test. The rear seat passengers on the other hand slipped under the lap portion of the seatbelt thus compromising on the safety of e knee, femur and pelvis body region thus resulting in weak score.
The Tests on the front seats and head restraints also demonstrated a marginal level of protection against any whiplash injury during the event of a rear-end collision. The current generation which is one sale is also not equipped with an autonomous emergency braking (AEB). The 10 year old dummy which sat on the booster cushion which gave the occupant limited rear space. In the frontal offset test protection of the 10 year old dummy was rated as the least adequate. In the side barrier test the safety ratings of the dummy was good but the head protection was not adequate.
The new programme will help reduce road accidents by providing more skilled and trained driver’s behind the wheels
Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) has launched their first “Toyota Driving School” in Eastern India at Kolkata to promote their new safety mission ‘Safest Car with Safest Driver’. This entire campaign is being managed by Toyota’s leading dealership Topsel Toyota. Before Kolkata Toyota has already has setup 5 different schools across India but this happens to be Eastern zones first driving school and fifth all over India. The four other driving schools across India are present in Kochi, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Chennai.
The distinguished guests who were present on the occasion included Mr Suvendu Adhikari, Transport Minister, West Bengal, Mr Alapan Bandyopadhyay, Honorable Transport Secretary, Government of West Bengal,Mr Ashok Manaktala, Dealer Principal, Topsel Toyota, Mr Amit Manakatala, Director, Topsel Toyota and Mr N. Raja, Senior Vice President & Director, Toyota Kirloskar Motor.
The Toyota driving school is an unique step taken by Toyota to improve the safety standards of the Indian road by making every student responsible and safe driver. The entire programme will provide comprehensive driver training by providing high quality and futuristic training approaches. Toyota has also made arrangements for training models like the driver simulator mechanism which is expected to deliver a realistic experience. The realistic driving simulator gets an actual steering wheel and seats from the original Etios car. The simulator is an important part of the training programme which is expected to provide a hand on experience on how to handle in car controls like steering wheel, accelerator, brakes and gear shifts. The simulator also can replicate various weather conditions as well including dim light, uphill and downhill terrain. This also happens to be the only simulator in India which gets Full High Definition Computer graphics in an immersive Curved Projection environment.
This is the only car in its segment to get a total of 7 airbags
Ford has once again updated their Figo Aspire sedan and this time the top end Titanium trim gets the newest addition. According to the recent reports Ford has now included a total of seven airbags in this trim. Previously the top of the line compact sedan variant was equipped with total of 6 airbags and now Ford has decided to include a driver knee airbag as well beside the other six airbags which includes dual front airbags for the driver and the front passenger and curtain airbags for the rear passenger.
The manual variant of the Titanium trim on the other hand gets the dual front airbags only while the other safety measures includes ABS which is available as standard. The top end Titanium+ trim however does not any changes in the safety measures and continues with the same 6 airbags.
With the inclusion of the knee airbag the Ford Figo Aspire Titanium AT becomes the first car in the sub 10 Lakh rupee segment which gets a total of seven airbags in total. Apart from the airbag Ford recently also included ABS in their mid-level Trend trim recently as well.
Recently plenty of Indian manufacturers has also increased airbags as standard in their cars but Ford on the other hand surely stays ahead of the race when it comes to safety of the occupants.
Standard (Maruti )Suzuki Ignis Scores 3 Stars While The Fully Equipped Variant Scores 5 Stars At Euro NCAP
The Ignis will be launched here in 2017
This is definitely one of the most interesting news of recent times; Euro NCAP recently tested the upcoming much awaited Suzuki Ignis Crossover which will make its way into the Indian market towards early 2017. The compact Crossover has received an overall 3 star safety rating for its standard variant while the same Crossover with the optional safety pack has received an overall 5 star safety rating.
Now let’s start with the car which was equipped with the optional safety pack and has received 5 star safety rating. The car was equipped with dual front airbags, safety belt pretensioner and load Belt loadlimiter which has helped the front passengers with full front crash. For lateral crash protection the car was equipped with side head and chest airbags for both the front passengers, while there was also a side pelvis airbag for front passengers. The rear passengers however only had side head airbag protection. The safety pack equipped Ignis variant also received the additional benefit of a duel camera brake support system.
Coming to the scores the Ignis with the safety pack scored 87 percent overall for adult safety, 79 percent for child safety, 77% for pedestrian safety and 60% for the safety assist. This car was also equipped with highway-speed autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system which has helped it to avoid collision with stationary car. The car further also gets additional lane departure warning and also seat belt reminder system for both front and rear passengers.
An horrific accident in broad daylight but the footage depicts something else
This is definitely something that you don’t get to see everyday this incident took place in on a busy road of Mehdipatnam in Hyderabad.
In this video you can watch a daily traffic scene on one of the busy road, a few people can also be seen crossing the road and then suddenly you can watch one of the pedestrian crossed the one section of the road and instead of going to the other side he stood there on the road divider. Obviously his motive was unknown to the person who was driving his car on the road then suddenly surprisingly the person threw himself infront of one of the oncoming car.
This was a pure case of suicide and fortunately the chilling CCTV footage reveals the other side of the story which will definitely help the case to go in favour of the driver. As of now the person who was driving the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga was charged for under section 304-a of IPC which states death cause by negligent or rash driving. The police have already seized the vehicle and the case is pending in court.
The man surely wanted to commit suicide and thus he threw himself infront of the car.