After the disastrous result of getting zero stars in the crash test by global safety watchdog Global New Car Assessment Programme (Global NCAP) in May, Renault Kwid has showed improvement in the new crash test. Following the latest set of improvements introduced by Renault, the Kwid was assessed again in frontal impact, and scored one star for adult occupant protection.
In its standard version, Renault Kwid is offered without airbags and has been tested by Global NCAP in the past. The basic version of the car had scored zero stars for adult occupant protection and two stars for child occupant protection. The latest version includes an airbag for the driver and a seatbelt pretensioner for the driver's seat.
Global NCAP also tested Honda Mobilio's basic version and it received zero stars for adult occupant protection. The double airbag equipped-Mobilio achieved three stars for adult occupant protection.
Global NCAP stated that they are disappointed with the result. "Renault has made limited progress. They should be offering their one star car as the standard version not an option. Honda too has shown that with two airbags they can achieve 3 stars. These safety systems should not be options," David Ward, the Secretary General of Global NCAP, said.
The results of the Global NCAP crash test held in May had sent a shockwave in the Indian automobile industry, with many popular cars getting poor scores. Besides Kwid, Hyundai Eon, Mahindra Scorpio, Maruti Suzuki Eeco and the Celerio also scored zero stars for adult occupant protection.