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Hyundai Aura and Accent collide, crash test reveals strength

To highlight the difference in safety standards based on geography, Global NCAP has carried out a face-off between the Hyundai Grand i10 sedan (Aura) and the Hyundai Xcent. NCAP selected two Hyundai cars for this test, one of which was the Grand i10 sedan sold in Mexico which is made at Hyundai’s plant in India.

Hyundai Aura and Accent collide, crash test reveals strength

At the same time, the other car was the Hyundai Accent which is being sold in the US and manufactured in Mexico. Both these cars are among the cheapest sedans available in the respective countries. The crash test results clearly demonstrate the difference in safety standards followed by car manufacturers in different countries.

Hyundai Aura and Accent collide, crash test reveals strength

While the Xcent gets safety features like Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and 6 airbags, the Aura model sold in Mexico is equipped with only two front airbags. In crash tests, the Hyundai Accent provided moderate to good protection for the driver and was found to have a stable build.

Hyundai Aura and Accent collide, crash test reveals strength

In comparison, the Hyundai Aura offered ‘weak’ to ‘poor’ protection for the driver. Tests found that the structure of the aura has been compromised, increasing the risk of life-threatening injuries to the driver. Global NCAP gave zero-star rating to Hyundai Aura in this test.

Hyundai Aura and Accent collide, crash test reveals strength

There are a number of challenges facing the world in aligning the safety and testing of cars. The purchasing power of an average car buyer in a low-income country is much lower than that of his counterpart in a developed country. In such a situation, it is not possible for a low-income person to buy a car that is expensive and equipped with all the safety features.

Hyundai Aura and Accent collide, crash test reveals strength

If carmakers in emerging economies and low-income countries use the same standards as developed countries, cars will be out of reach for a large segment of buyers. The idea of ​​standardization of safety standards globally would be easier to implement at a time when all countries are economically equal and this is not likely to happen any time soon.

Hyundai Aura and Accent collide, crash test reveals strength

Let us inform that in order to standardize the process of checking the safety of cars in India, the Ministry of Transport has approved the implementation of India NCAP. India NCAP will be implemented from 1st April, 2023.

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