Car manufacturers strive hard to achieve best results in car crash ratings, at least when it comes to Western markets. However, it is less of a priority when it comes to cars specifically built for developing countries. And this is ably demonstrated by India’s most trusted vehicle — the Maruti Alto K10.
Maruti Alto K10 is basically the successor to India’s bestselling vehicle, the Maruti 800. And while the original 800 escaped the horrors of modern crash tests, it’s been reported that the Latin NCAP, an automobile safety assessment programme that tests the safety of new cars sold in Latin America and the Caribbean, has found out that the new 2013 Alto K10 fares very poorly in their tests.
As a matter of fact, they went on to give the Alto K10, a miserable “zero” in its tests. The main reason, as mentioned by Latin NCAP, was the “unstable” bodyshell which gave way on impact. Apart from that, we’re guessing, the lack of any airbags also aided the non-score. There is no mention of any active or passive safety features either in the car’s marketing materials.
Maruti and various other brands such as Volkswagen and Chevrolet serve developing markets with pocket-friendly cars that aren’t sold in developed countries, but their safety record coninues to remain a sore spot. Incidentally, the Indian-built Suzuki Celerio, a car that is also sold in the GCC, achieves a respectable three stars in comparable Euro NCAP crash tests.