Last year, Tata made history when the Nexon became the first Indian car to obtain a 5-star rating in Global NCAP’s crash test. And now, history seems to have repeated itself as the Altroz became the second car from Tata, to achieve the same feat.

The new round results for Global NCAP’s #SaferCarsForIndia campaign revealed the Altroz scored full 5-stars for adult and 3-star for child occupant protection. The premium hatchback, released last month in India, scored the highest-ever score of 16.13 out of 17 under adult protection. This makes Altroz, only the second Indian car to achieve full-rating, and Tata, the sole Indian manufacturer, to have two five-star rating cars in its line-up.

Only the entry-level trim is considered eligible to be crash-tested by the Global NCAP. That meant the sole Altroz variant qualifying for the tests was only equipped with two airbags and ABS as its safety nets. On getting crash tested at a speed of 64kph, the results declared the car provided ‘good protection’ to the front passengers’ head, neck, chest and knee areas. Its bodyshell integrity is said to have remained stable while being ‘capable of withstanding further loadings as well’.

The premium hatchback lost points when it came to child safety. Even though its score of 29 out of 49 is the highest by an Indian car, this shows where Indian automakers currently stand on child safety. Seemingly average. The report further claimed though there wasn’t much forward movement by the rear-seated dummy on the impact, its head came in contact with the interior of the car.

David Ward, CEO and President of Global NCAP, said, “The latest result in our #SaferCarsforIndia crash tests shows a strong signal that TATA is moving its fleet to 5-star levels of safety performance. We would like to encourage all other car manufacturers in India to follow TATA’s example and bring affordable 5-star cars to Indian consumers.”

Commenting on this landmark achievement, Mr. Mayank Pareek, President, Passenger Vehicles Business Unit (PVBU), Tata Motors, said, “We are proud to have delivered yet another product that will be regarded as the safest passenger vehicle on Indian roads. In alignment with our philosophy of Connected Electrified Shared and Safe (CESS) mobility solutions, we have successfully provided the Indian automotive industry with yet another product that is a certified example of stringent safety. The Nexon was the proverbial guiding light for us in this aspect, and the Altroz has followed its footsteps, setting a new benchmark across the industry safety standards.

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As an Indian automotive enthusiast, I’m happy that the tide finally turned for Tata Motors. From acquiring the ‘fleet vehicle’ tag in its Indica days to becoming the sole Indian manufacturer with two five-star rating cars in its line-up, the future seems nothing but bright for the Indian carmaker.

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