Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) on Tuesday said its compact sports utility vehicle, XUV300, has topped Global NCAP's six-year safety rankings, making it the safest among all the vehicles tested by Global NCAP from 2014.
Earlier this year, the compact SUV, which offers customers 50 safety features including some segment firsts such as seven airbags, disc brakes on all 4-wheels and front parking sensors, had scored 5-star safety ratings at the Global NCAP crash test, under the 'SaferCarsForIndia' campaign.
Global NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme) is an internationally renowned safety accreditation body. Besides promoting vehicle crash-testing and reporting in emerging markets, it also enhances cooperation between various NCAPs.
GNCAP has completed safety assessments on more than 38 vehicles so far from 2014, and the XUV300 scored the highest safety rating among all the models tested, the company said in a release.
The homegrown auto major's compact SUV achieved the highest combined occupant safety rating, with a 5-star Global NCAP rating for adult occupant protection and a 4-star rating for child occupant protection, the latter being a first in India, according to the release.
"This is a proud moment for us at Mahindra. Earlier this year, the XUV300 was rated by GNCAP as the safest vehicle in India and now, it has been recognised as the safest vehicle over the last six years.
"This demonstrates our strong commitment towards vehicle safety and is a big leap forward for the Indian automotive industry, as a homegrown brand takes the lead on safety," said Veejay Nakra, chief executive officer for the automotive division at M&M Ltd.
The XUV300 has established a new benchmark in terms of vehicle safety in India after having been awarded a 5-star rating by Global NCAP, the company said.
Mahindra also said it was the first and only manufacturer in the country to be awarded the 'Safer Choice Award' by GNCAP.The official Global NCAP test for the Mahindra XUV300 was conducted in Germany earlier this year, it added.