The international car safety watch dog, Global NCAP, had recently conducted a crash test on Indian made car model of Chevrolet Enjoy and Ford Figo Aspire. Further, Global NCAP will be conducting crash tests on many Indian made car models since 2014.
In the test, Chevrolet Enjoy failed in crash test and has received a zero rating, while, On the other hand, Ford Figo Aspire subcompact sedan has done well in the test and received 3 star rating. These are the first set of tests for 2017 and base variants of both cars were crash tested - as is customary.
The Chevrolet Enjoy failed in a frontal offset test at 64 kmph and received a zero star rating for adult occupant protection. The results show that the MPV which is being sold without airbags in its base trim is not at all safe. Due to lack of airbags and poor structure, driver and front passenger injuries would be fatal. The car got 2 star for rear seat child occupant protection though.
David Ward, Secretary General of Global NCAP says, "There is nothing to enjoy about a zero star safety score and GM should be embarrassed that they are selling cars with such inadequate levels of occupant protection to Indian consumers". Last year the made-in-India Chevrolet Beat had also failed a Latin NCAP crash test. It is exported from India as the Spark GT.
Ford Figo Aspire
The Ford Figo Aspire had performed much better in the crash test and received three stars rating for adult occupant protection and 2 star for child protection. The car is sold in India with dual front air bags as standard ( 6 airbags in the top trip). The results suggests that the car comes with good built quality as much fewer potential injuries sustained by occupants.
Last year the 4th round of crash tests saw poor results for models like the Renault Kwid and Honda Mobilio.
In fact 4 other models including the Eon and Celerio had also fared very poorly in tests last year. Ward, adds "Ford's three star result shows that basic levels of safety are achievable as standard in the Indian vehicle market." In case you are wondering whether the subcompact sedan's results will also apply to the Figo hatchback, Alejandro Furas, Technical Director of Global NCAP says, "Global NCAP tested the Ford Aspire which is the sedan version of the Next Gen Figo which is a hatchback. The results can therefore be extended to both the Next Gen Figo and Aspire."