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Indian car makers should increase their standards

Here's food for thought. Although Indian car makers are continuously improving, there is clearly MUCH scope for improvement. The HIGHEST standards are absolutely necessary. 

This issue relates to Mahindra & Mahindra, but it could well apply to many other Indian companies. The good thing is that by competing internationally these companies are being exposed to international standards. Indian companies must now learn fast, else their reputations will soon become mud. We need Six Sigma standards.

India-made Mahindra Pik-Up … received a two-star crash rating. According to the crash report, the Mahindra revealed a high risk of life-threatening head and neck injury in an offset test that replicates a vehicle turning in the path of an oncoming car – a common cause of crashes.
As with the Geely, the Mahindra has driver and passenger front airbags fitted as standard, and anti-lock brakes, but no stability control.
The test results reveal that the Mahindra’s passenger compartment lost structural integrity, and posed a high risk of serious head, leg and foot injury for the driver.
It says the airbag was still deploying when the driver’s head hit it, and the tailshaft moved sideways and dented the fuel tank.
The steering column was identified as a potential source of injury to the driver’s knees, while the dash was an injury risk to both the driver’s and passenger’s knees. [Source]
Here's a link to Mahindra Australia.

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5 thoughts on “Indian car makers should increase their standards
  1. Jesvin

    Its such a shame. India doesnt have comprehensive safety testing for cars. The airbags were definitely an afterthought, to hope to impress the testing agency. And its a shame that the steering column had to end up in the driver's lap, when there was the engine bay to absorb that impact.

    But worse, there is a new generation of rear-engined goods and commercial passenger vehicles which have only the steering column for crash protection. The exterior is just sheet metal. I thought Omni/ Versa would be the last of this design. Even a speeding scooter can breach the cabin.

    Its not that we dont have any automobile research agencies. In fact, when ARAI started rating mileage of vehicles, many manufacturers were suddenly advertising 20+ kmpl for their cars (even a BMW 520 got close to that). Why follow figures from reputed auto magazines when you have these inflated numbers?

  2. Sanjeev Sabhlok

    In the Indian economy that was (not now as much) protected against competition, it was easy to profit by selling junk.

    In the international market, the situation is quite different. Quality is EVERYTHING (or almost everything – price also does matter).

    Mazda 3 is a great example of a small car that has pushed out all big cars from the market because it is so very good.

    India has the great advantage of cheap labour costs. All it now needs is to ensure world-best quality.

  3. chaitanya

    This comment is not about autos (which is perhaps one of the more liberal industries in India), but agree 100% that when something is protected against competition, they profit by selling junk.
    I go to an SBI and get such junk service, and then go to a HDFC bank next door and get good service. what a difference privatization and competition makes ! Why don't people get it ?! Why do we still have an APSRTC providing junk bus service throughout the state of AP and on top of that we have to put up with "dharnas" from unions.
    you are spot on, sanjeev. Jaha ki sarkari ho vyapari, vaha ki janta ho bhikari


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