The Maruti Suzuki S-Presso scored a shocking 0-star safety rating at the Global NCAP and Tata Motors thus took the opportunity to take a dig at Maruti Suzuki with a twitter post. Read on to find out what it was!
The recent safety crash test results for a few made-in-India cars conducted by Global NCAP came out as shocking. While the Kia Seltos and the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios secured a 3-star and 2-star safety rating respectively, Maruti Suzuki particularly stood out even more for securing 0-stars for the S-Presso. That’s particularly disappointing given that the S-Presso is a fairly popular car with the masses. Tata Motors thus took an opportunity to take a dig at Maruti Suzuki with a twitter post saying “We don’t break that easy” with the image of a broken “coffee” mug.
While that’s particularly cheeky of Tata Motors to post such a thing on social media, it’s not the first time they have taken a dig on another manufacturer on social media. A few days ago, Tata even took a dig on the new Hyundai i20 with the Altroz premium hatchback. Tata’s social media managers surely know how to keep their audience engaged. Anyhow, coming to this particular point in case, the Maruti Suzuki S-Presso may not be a direct rival to the Tata Tiago, but their prices do overlap in the entry-level hatchback segment.
The Tata Tiago has indeed scored a 4-star safety rating from Global NCAP and finds itself in the right place to take that dig on the S-Presso. We hope Maruti Suzuki takes note of this and improves their safety standards. As for Tata Motors, along with Mahindra and Mahindra, have been the benchmark in setting safety standards for cars in India. Earlier this year, the Tata Altroz and the Tata Nexon, both secured a 5-star safety rating from Global NCAP and that’s a remarkable achievement for a home grown manufacturer. Even Mahindra secured a 5-star safety rating from Global NCAP for the XUV300.
Maruti Suzuki only has the Vitara Brezza with a 4-star safety rating from Global NCAP, the safest any car has been in their lineup. It’s particularly important for the S-Presso to recover some ground here because its meant to be a mass market offering, one that is supposedly targeted at an younger audience. The body shell of the S-Presso was rated as unstable when crashed at speeds of just 64kph with the base S-Presso only coming equipped with a driver side airbag. The seatbelts also miss out on pretensioners on the base trim and the rear middle occupant does not get a three-point seatbelt.
Maruti Suzuki did respond to these results for the S-Presso by the Global NCAP. They issued a public notice saying “The Government of India has recently increased the stringency of car crash test standards and made them identical to European standards. All products of the company are fully compliant with these global standards and duly tested and certified by the Government of India.” We hope Maruti ups their game and sends over the S-Presso to Global NCAP for another test and secures better results to win back the peace of mind of their customers.