Little killer. The most dangerous cars of our time
• Little killer. The most dangerous cars of today
Do you know that right now, as you read these lines, the assembly line go dozens of brand new cars that have no chance of getting any stars in crash test any of the developed countries?
The names of the past "heroes" crash test Renault Kwid, Maruti Suzuki Celerio, Maruti Suzuki Eeco, Mahindra Scorpio and Hyundai Eon. For adult occupants of most of these machines "standard collision" will be fatal. This is due to the fact that they are not equipped with airbags, and sometimes safety belts, and on the rigidity of the body, no one thinks. The main thing to cut costs and make the car as cheaply as possible. Such are the demands of the automotive market in India, one of the world's largest markets - the machine must be cheap, economical, maintenance should cost cheaply. Safety in last place, crash tests are not carried out by the authorities in the country, no formal requirements in this area does not exist. The vast majority of cars in the country are small - A and B class.
Crash Test Hyundai Eon
As a result, the horrifying statistics of road accidents. Any more or less serious accident ends for its members in the best case in the hospital. Every year in car accidents around the world are killed 1, 3 million people. More from 20 million to 50 million people are injured in accidents. More than 10% percent of the victims of car accidents - the people of India. Last year, in the country of accident caused the death of 146 thousand people.
The first independent crash tests produced in India cars were held in early 2014, a private British company Global NCAP (Global New Car Assessment Programme). Then, under the distribution fell Maruti Suzuki Alto 800, Hyundai i10, Ford Figo and Volkswagen Polo, as well as the cheapest cars sold in the world - Tata Nano. All of them are in the database were not equipped with airbags, and all got the worst safety rating - zero stars.
Special piquancy of the situation makes the fact that companies that produce the listed vehicles, have the technology that would make them safe. Moreover, the machines that are manufactured in India to other countries, have non-zero rating. At the end of 2014 were defeated by two car Datsun Go and Maruti Suzuki Swift. The result was the same - serious injuries of the driver and passengers adults with a high probability of death.
Suzuki Maruti Celerio
A little help of a few above-mentioned vehicles. Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 - car, produced a joint Indo-Japanese venture. It is based on the Suzuki Alto 1979 model year. Until recently it was the best selling car in India. The weight of the current generation - 720 kg, a maximum speed of 140 km / h, ABS is not even as an option. For an extra charge you can take the car from the driver's airbag. The cost of translation from Rs is about 250 thousand rubles. The first-generation Hyundai i10 produced in India. Weighs about a ton. The European version of the Hyundai i10 1.0 petrol Comfort, LHD with airbags passed in 2014 EuroNCAP test and received four stars.
Fashion version of Tata Genx Nano
The most terrible of trash and waste - a Tata Nano. The minimum price of the car is about 200 thousand rubles. The least expensive version does not only cushions but also seat belts. Also, there is no vacuum brake booster and the external mirrors. Wiper in the car only one. The wheels are mounted on the three nuts. The engine is located behind, body weld, reinforced welded to the floor of the front seats. The rear wall of the body blank, access to the engine through folding from the inside of the rear seat backs.
The gas tank is located under the front seats, neck of the fuel tank - the front, there lives the reserve. The maximum speed of 100 km / h. In India, there is a demographic program, in terms of which of the family giving up intentions to have a child she gets a chance to win the lottery Tata Nano. The final touch to the portrait - the company Tata Motors, which produces the car, owned by Jaguar and Land Rover, which have been bought it in 2008.
Crash test Suzuki Maruti Celerio
Once pressurized, the Indian authorities have decided to introduce minimum requirements for the safety of cars produced in the country. Beginning in October of the following year for the certification of all new cars will have to take front and side crash tests. But the production of cheap cars unsafe to continue at least until late 2019, when the rule will take effect for new modifications of already produced cars in the country. In the meantime, they can not change anything. And everything remains the same. Global NCAP machinery broke this month, five vehicles sold in India - already mentioned in an earlier post Renault Kwid, Maruti Suzuki Celerio, Maruti Suzuki Eeco, Mahindra Scorpio and Hyundai Eon. The result of all one - zero stars. And in the case of Renault Kwid crash tests were carried out three versions, but even the one that had the driver's airbag, received a zero rating.