Top safety ratings for Skoda Kushaq and Volkswagen Taigun in Global NCAP testing

With this, both models join Tata Nexon/Punch and Mahindra XUV700/XUV300 models that have also been awarded five-star safety ratings by Global NCAP.

Autocar Pro News Desk By Autocar Pro News Desk calendar 14 Oct 2022 Views icon7636 Views Share - Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to LinkedIn Share to Whatsapp

India-made cars are getting much safer, and proof of the pudding comes from Global NCAP ratings. Two cars – Skoda Kushaq and Volkswagen Taigun – have become the latest models ever to achieve five stars for both adult and child occupant protection.

The Group’s India 2.0 project set out to build cars of European quality standards for domestic and export markets. This global safety recognition further endorses Škoda Auto Volkswagen’s commitment to developing and offering #SaferCarsForIndia.

With this, both models join the Tata Nexon, Tata Punch, Tata Altroz and Mahindra XUV700 and XUV300 models that have also been awarded five-star safety ratings by Global NCAP.

Piyush Arora, Managing Director and CEO of Skoda Auto Volkswagen India said, “The Volkswagen Group has always focused on providing the highest level of safety across its model range. Safety has always been central to our R&D process. The Made-in-India, Made-for India MQB-A0-IN platform is no exception. It has been internally tested for various impacts and is developed with a key focus on safety. This is an important milestone and a gratifying accomplishment for us, as both our INDIA 2.0 SUV models have achieved the pinnacle of global safety standards.”

Christian Cahn von Seelen, Executive Director of Sales and Marketing, Škoda Auto Volkswagen India said: “For the Volkswagen Group, the safety of our customers and their loved ones is paramount. Safety in our cars is not an optional accessory, it forms the core of our DNA. The design, dimensions, and materials used in the cabin may differ among our car models, but one constant is our rigorous pursuit of keeping the driver and occupants safe in our cars. I am proud and humbled that a prestigious organisation like Global NCAP has acknowledged our efforts, awarding the highest safety ratings for the Škoda Kushaq and Volkswagen Taigun, especially the never attained level of child safety.”

Global NCAP’s updated crash test protocols assess frontal and side impact protection for all tested models, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), pedestrian protection and side impact pole protection assessments are also required for vehicles scoring the highest star ratings.

Assessed in their most basic safety specification, with ESC fitted as standard, the models demonstrated a stable structure in the frontal impact, adequate to good protection for adult occupants and marginal to good protection in the side impact scenarios. Child occupants received full protection during the front and side impacts. 

Global NCAP’s updated crash test protocols assess frontal and side impact protection for all tested models, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), pedestrian protection and side impact pole protection assessments are also required for vehicles scoring the highest star ratings.

Assessed in their most basic safety specification, with ESC fitted as standard, the models demonstrated a stable structure in the frontal impact, adequate to good protection for adult occupants and marginal to good protection in the side impact scenarios. Child occupants received full protection during the front and side impacts.

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