Renault Kwid will “far exceed” Indian safety norms in 2017 – Report

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In an interview with Business Line, Sumit Sawhney, MD and CEO of Renault India has assured that the Renault Kwid will far exceed the Indian safety norms in 2017.

Renault Kwid Red and Green vehicles
This assurance comes in the wake of the Global NCAP test results of the Renault Kwid, for which it was awarded zero stars.

Mr Sawhney was quoted saying:

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

This assurance comes in the wake of the Global NCAP test results of the Renault Kwid, for which it was awarded zero stars despite the presence of an airbag. However, Mr Sawhney says that the car tested was a pre-production prototype, and that Renault have worked on implementing necessary modifications to increase the crash protection levels of the global A segment car. Global NCAP will test this iteration of the Kwid in the near future.

Renault Kwid red parked
Renault have worked on implementing necessary modifications to increase the crash protection levels of the Kwid.

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Car manufacturers in India are now developing brand new products that already conform to the safety regulations of Bharat NCAP that will come into effect in 2017 (for new cars) and 2019 (for existing model lines).

The upcoming Renault Kwid 1L and 1L AMT is expected to offer dual airbags and ABS when launched before Diwali. One of the variants is expected to launch this month, according to Mr Sawhney, which is likely to be the 1L MT variant.

Renault Kwid 1L – Image Gallery

[Source: Business Line]

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