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Kwid to soon surpass Bharat safety standards

Kwid to soon surpass Bharat safety standards
Santosh Nair Santosh Nair Tuesday 07 June 2016, 11:46 AM

Reports have suggested that Renault is working towards making its hatchback, the Kwid, surpass the upcoming new Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program (BNVSAP).

Sumit Sawhney, MD and CEO Renault India, added that the Kwid will retain its strong demand irrespective of the upcoming new safety regulations. “Kwid continues to be a popular model among the entry-level buyers due to excellent value proposition if offers. It is a global car. While we are meeting all the safety requirements of current regulations in India, we will be far exceeding even the requirements the Indian government will be putting in 2017 and 2019,” Sawhney said.

 

Renault’s Kwid did not do well in the safety norms when the crash tests were conducted by the Global NCAP. Renault officials have confirmed that the Global NCAP tested a Kwid that was still in the development phase. And new tests will be performed on the new Kwid. The company is already in the process of readying the Kwid for these norms.

 

Car manufacturers will now need to conform to the new safety standards called Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program (BNVSAP). Cars that are sold in India will have to comply with the star ratings based on crash safety performance tests. It is expected to come into effect for new cars by October 2017, and existing cars will have to abide by these standards by 2019.

 

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