The first cars ever tested by Global NCAP to achieve 5 stars for Child Occupant Protection as well as 5 stars for Adult Occupant Protection
- ŠKODA KUSHAQ and Volkswagen TAIGUN – the safest vehicles for Child Occupant Protection ever tested by the Global NCAP
- ŠKODA KUSHAQ and Volkswagen TAIGUN – the first vehicles with 5 stars for Adult Occupant Protection as well as 5 stars for Child Occupant Protection
- First Vehicles tested according to the new, more demanding testing protocol by Global NCAP
Pune, 14 October 2022 – The INDIA 2.0 cars ŠKODA KUSHAQ and Volkswagen TAIGUN from ŠKODA AUTO Volkswagen India have been accredited with Global NCAP ratings of 5 stars, the highest in the segment. With this recognition, the ŠKODA KUSHAQ and Volkswagen TAIGUN have become the first models ever to achieve 5 stars for both adult and child occupant protection.
The Group’s INDIA 2.0 project set out to custom-make cars of European quality standards to cater to domestic and overseas markets. This global safety recognition underlines the Group’s focus on safety and showcases India’s manufacturing excellence on a global stage. This further endorses ŠKODA AUTO Volkswagen’s commitment to developing and offering #SaferCarsForIndia.
Commenting on this achievement, Piyush Arora, Managing Director and CEO of ŠKODA 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. Since the launch of the ŠKODA KUSHAQ and the Volkswagen TAIGUN, both cars have established a strong market presence and contributed significantly to the success of the brand and the Group in India. I am confident that this recognition will help continue our brands’ growth momentum.”
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.
Every ŠKODA AUTO Volkswagen India model has been tailored to customers’ needs – from the design, driving experience, cutting-edge technology and latest features to class-leading safety. The Volkswagen Group has invested significantly in technology and facilities that contribute to increasing the safety of its vehicles.
The ŠKODA KUSHAQ and Volkswagen TAIGUN come equipped with a range of active and passive safety features. These include three-point seat belts with adjustable headrest for all passengers, Seat-belt Reminder for the front seats, up to six airbags, Roll-over Protection, ISOFIX for child protection, Hill Hold Control, Electronic Stability Control with ABS and Electronic Brake-force Distribution as standard, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Electronic Differential Lock System, Multi Collision Braking, Brake Disc Wiping and Rear Parking Sensor with camera – not to forget impact absorbing body components and Side Impact Protection Beam in the doors.
Riding on these strengths, both car brands have recorded exceptional sales growth in the region. In line with SAVWIPL’s strategy ‘Engineered in India and Driven by the World’, exports of the Volkswagen TAIGUN began earlier this year, while the ŠKODA KUSHAQ began being exported from India this month. Presently, SAVWIPL exports to 42 countries, including South America, the Indian Subcontinent, and the AGCC countries.
VW Taigun and Skoda Kushaq first to achieve 5 stars in Global NCAP’s updated crash tests
The first round of results under Global NCAP’s more demanding crash test requirements for India were published today with the Volkswagen Taigun and Skoda Kushaq scoring top star ratings for adult and child occupant safety.
The Taigun and Kushaq are twin models sharing the same platform and produced in the same plant. The models achieved five stars for adult and five stars for child occupant protection becoming the first models ever to achieve five stars for both adults and children.
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. More information on the latest protocol requirements can be found on the Global NCAP web site. (https://www.globalncap.org/resources).
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 impact.
Alejandro Furas, Secretary General of Global NCAP said,
“We welcome and congratulate Skoda and Volkswagen’s initiative to meet Global NCAP’s new five star requirements for the Kushaq and Taigun through voluntary testing.
“We urge all car makers to aspire to and achieve this level of crash test performance going forward, maintaining the momentum of safety improvements we have seen steadily develop through our programme since we began our Indian testing in 2014”.
David Ward, President of the Towards Zero Foundation said,
“Following the introduction of Global NCAP’s more demanding protocol enhancements in July, it is satisfying to already see these five star crash ratings for VW and Skoda.
“The majority of domestic and international automakers understand that Indian consumers rightly expect high safety standards as a minimum requirement. We look forward to this trend continuing when Bharat NCAP gets underway next year.”
Saul Billingsley, Executive Director of the FIA Foundation, said
“Global NCAP has catalysed a dramatic transformation of auto safety in India, from testing a large number of zero-star cars in 2014 to now pushing the five-star boundaries with new and more ambitious test protocols, which, as we see today, cars are achieving. Hundreds of thousands of five-star cars are now being driven on Indian roads, protecting occupants against death and serious injury.”
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