Re: Hyundai Creta & i20 get 3-star GNCAP safety rating; Toyota Urban Cruiser gets 4
Originally Posted by amalji
A hypothetical conversation.
The car will be ruthlessly tagged as over prized. And it will be a bummer. Don't you know what happened to the All new Ford Fiesta which was otherwise a well built car?
happened to Ford India as they kept cutting on features instead of safety to stay profitable ?
Yes, in India features/reliability/looks matters over safety. However I would not consider Fords as the example of safety unless it was proved by GNCAP. The only ford cars that are tested by GNCAP (first gen and 2nd gen Figo) just scored 0 and 3 stars. If once can gauge a car's safety by panel thickness, I would have never expected the Etios to score 4 star.
Also there are models from Mahindra and Tata and even Suzuki/Toyota that provides excellent (5 star) and reasonable (4 star) safety with out overpricing or cutting down too much features that too in more price sensitive CSUV segment.
The biggest issue is we have very few cars that are tested, and for the untested cars, people go by their rating in other markets and hence consider them safer, which is usually not applicable in India. This is already proved by rating of Creta, Seltos, Swift (4 star in ASEAN NCAP), Ertiga (4 star in ASEAN NCAP) albeit they sharing the identical kerb weight in these markets.