- First accident reported on Samruddhi Expressway merely a day after inauguration by PM Modi
- Meanwhile, the latest-get Maruti Swift has been receiving flak for a dismal 1-star score in the latest test by Global NCAP
In a recent development, the first mishap on the new Samruddhi Mahamarg was reported merely a day after PM Modi inaugurated the new e-way. While exact details of the mishap are unavailable at the moment, it’s being said that a Mercedes GLA travelling at a really high speed hit a first-gen Maruti Swift near the Waifal Toll plaza.
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Out of Control Mercedes GLA Hits Maruti Swift at High Speed
Both the cars sustained heavy damage in this accident. However, what’s interesting is that the last-gen Mercedes GLA, which costs several times more than the Maruti Swift, has sustained heavy damage as compared to the mass market hatchback. As per the police, the accident took place in the afternoon when the Swift was driving towards the toll booth. Meanwhile, the overspeeding Mercedes GLA hit the hatchback from behind. Even though both the cars suffered pretty heavy damage, all the occupants were totally safe.
It must be noted here that the first phase of the 520 km Samruddhi Mahamarg was inaugurated by OM Modi on Sunday. As per reports, the Maruti Swift involved in this accident belonged to one Samad Shaikh. It’s said the hatchback was at a standstill when the speeding Mercedes hit it from behind. The mishap took place after the driver of the premium car couldn’t control the vehicle and brake on time. No police complaint was made by either party after they settled the matter mutually.
Latest Maruti Swift NCAP Result
Interestingly, this incident has taken place just when the latest-get Maruti Swift has been receiving flak for poor performance in the latest round of Global NCAP crash tests. Thanks to the more stringent testing norms, the Swift has seen a dip in its star rating from 2 stars to just 1. In fact, the other Maruti cars that were tested, namely the S-Presso and the Ignis, received a similar star rating in the adult protection category. Also, it’s worth mentioning that the Swift involved in this recent mishap belongs to a much earlier generation. Also, unlike NCAP tests that are conducted in a controlled environment with set parameters, there were various variables involved in the mishap between the Mercedes GLA and Maruti Swift.
In the latest round of crash tests by Global NCAP, the Maruti Swift could score just 19.19 out of 34 points in the adult protection category. This corresponds to a 1-star rating. While there was a good protection for the driver’s and passenger’s head and neck, the driver’s chest showed weak protection. Meanwhile, the passenger’s chest had adequate protection. The bodyshell and footwear area was rated as unstable. In the child occupant protection category, Swift scored just 16.68 out of 49 points. This corresponds to a 0 star rating.