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Chevrolet Enjoy fails NCAP crash safety test

Swaraj Baggonkar
Chillicious News General Motors-owned Chevrolet’s Enjoy model — a multi-purpose vehicle sold without airbags in its basic version — recorded a zero star rating for adult occupant protection as per the latest crash test done by Europe-based Global NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme).

Adult occupant protection measures the impact of a crash on the driver and passenger seated in the front-side of a vehicle.

The crash test results showed that due to the lack of airbags and poor structural performance the driver injuries would have been unacceptably high. The agency gave Enjoy a 2-star rating for rear seat child occupant protection.

The Ford Aspire, however, fared much better. The compact sedan, fitted with double airbags as standard practice — scored 3 stars for adult occupant protection and 2 stars for child protection.

David Ward, Secretary General of Global NCAP said, “Ford’s three-star result shows that basic levels of safety are achievable as standard in the Indian vehicle market. It is also encouraging to see progress in safety compared to the earlier version of the Ford Figo we tested in 2014.”

“In contrast, we are extremely concerned about the poor result of the Chevrolet Enjoy. 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,” added Ward.

The Chevrolet Enjoy is one among eight models sold by the company in India. A people mover the van-type vehicle is a poor performer, which has struggled to attract much demand. While the product is on sale presently was on its way to being phased out by end of December.

Enjoy was brought to India in 2013 to replace the ageing Tavera multi-utility vehicle. However, demand for the new vehicle did not take off even as Tavera’s sales remained comparatively good.

The protection offered to the driver’s head and chest was poor, according to the crash test report on Enjoy. For passenger on the front, Enjoy offers a weak protection while chest protection was adequate. The front passengers’ knees could impact with dangerous structures in the dashboard like the tran-fascia tube. The bodyshell was rated as unstable and it was not capable of withstanding any further loadings, the report added.

In their 2015 Sustainability Report, Chevrolet parent General Motors Chairman and CEO Mary Barra made a strong commitment that GM will be “an industry leader” in vehicle safety.

She also stated that quality and safety for GM “are foundational commitments, never compromised”. Unfortunately, the safety of the Chevrolet Enjoy is clearly compromised and this zero star car proves that Mary Barra’s fine words have not yet translated into action in India”, said the report by Global NCAP.

Rohit Baluja, President of the Institute of Road Traffic Education said, “Statistics by the Government of India reveal that speed is the causative factor of deaths of over 64,000 people in road crashes every year and that in 2015 over 63 percent of the 1,46,000 road crash fatalities occurred on national and state highways.”

Vehicle manufacturers today should adopt the global philosophy of the “safe systems approach” the thought process of which reflects that even if crashes do occur, road users should not die or get seriously injured. This is particularly important for the Indian scenario,” he added.