First Five-Star Car In Africa announces GlobalNCAP
The first-ever five-star crash test results have been announced by Global NCAP’s #SaferCarsForAfrica programme in partnership with AA South Africa, supported by the FIA Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies.
In a milestone moment for vehicle safety, the India manufactured Mahindra XUV300 becomes Global NCAP’s first five star car in Africa. The XUV300 achieved a five star rating for the Indian market in 2020. Global NCAP’s Indian and African programmes share the same assessment protocols, and following a production compliance review, the rating has been confirmed for the model’s roll-out in Africa.
Saul Billingsley, Executive Director of the FIA Foundation said: “This is a significant safety milestone for the African market and shows exceptional progress in the short time since the launch of the programme in late 2017. African consumers have the right to know, and make purchasing choices based on, the safety of vehicles in the market. This result shows that manufacturers can, and must, make cars to protect the safety of all who use the roads no matter where in the world they are.”
David Ward, Towards Zero Foundation President said: “We are delighted to see the first five-star result in our Safer Cars for Africa project. This is a landmark moment for vehicle safety in Africa. We are particularly pleased to recognise the continued safety commitment from Mahindra. The XUV300 was engineered in India and demonstrates the capability of the domestic Indian auto industry to achieve excellence in safety design and performance for global export markets.”
Willem Groenewald, AA South Africa CEO said: “This is a milestone event for the #SaferCarsforAfrica project, and signals that it is possible to achieve this excellent rating for vehicles in our market. We are particularly pleased that this rating has been achieved through a compliance review. We applaud the fact that there is a reasonably priced five-star vehicle available in Africa which gives consumers a safe choice when purchasing a new car.”