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GNCAP security scores get new markers to differentiate from older protocol | Autocar India

Written by Rashmi

For carmakers eager to promote GNCAP scores, the brand new markers must be mandatorily carried out.

Earlier this yr, World NCAP’s up to date and extra stringent testing protocols for Safer Vehicles for India programme got here into impact. And extra lately, the Skoda Kushaq and Volkswagen Taigun had been the primary fashions to be examined and awarded a 5-star score below the up to date protocols. What this additionally means is that each one scores awarded by GNCAP on fashions examined below the earlier protocol aren’t comparable with the star score for a automotive examined below the brand new protocol the place it’s even more durable to earn score. 

It, subsequently, turns into vital to know whether or not a mannequin is examined below the brand new or earlier protocol. However how do you inform them aside? Effectively, GNCAP has set out two very distinct markers to inform the 2 scores aside.

1. Yellow stars imply new testing process

The primary and the extra distinct marker is the separate color codes for the 2 scores. Beneath World NCAP’s earlier protocol, grownup occupant safety was marked by blue stars and youngster occupant safety was marked by inexperienced stars. Beneath the brand new protocol, nevertheless, GNCAP marks each youngster and grownup occupant safety with yellow stars. 

Carmakers typically use GNCAP star scores on mannequin web sites, brochures and even in print and tv commercials. Nevertheless, as is the case, they often alter the color of the star score to spotlight it or for aesthetic functions, which is why you will need to know methods to learn GNCAP scores. 

2. Date of testing should be specified

What you also needs to be looking for is the date of the check, which is now required to be talked about below the star score. Primarily, fashions examined after July 2022 fall below the brand new protocol whereas a date previous to meaning they had been examined below the earlier protocol.

It’s vital to notice that the GNCAP star score for a mannequin is relevant for as much as 4 years, after which the automotive must be re-tested or it can’t carry a score any longer. It is because World NCAP additionally updates their testing procedures over time, and what was thought of the usual a couple of years in the past will not be so anymore. That is additionally how the security watchdog has been pushing up security requirements in markets throughout the globe.

Living proof, the Tata Nexon. The Nexon was the primary made-in-India mannequin to safe a 5-star GNCAP score, and additionally it is one of the marketed ones. Nevertheless, final examined in December 2018, Tata Motors can use the GNCAP score for commercial functions solely until December 2022, after which the scores is not going to be relevant anymore.

World NCAP’s new testing protocol takes much more components into consideration – like aspect affect check, aspect pole check, fitment of ESC, rear seatbelt reminders and pedestrian safety – earlier than awarding a 5-star score to a automotive, which implies it’s loads more durable now for a mannequin to get a excessive score. Subsequently, it’s additionally secure to say {that a} beforehand awarded 5-star automotive or SUV is not going to safe the identical score if examined below the brand new protocol.

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