SKODA FOCUS ON SAFETY TO GROW IN INDIA
Skoda Auto India will continue keeping its foot on the accelerator when it comes to safety. The Company has a 50-year-old legacy with crash tests and safety. A Skoda 100 L is the first documented crash test in Prague-Ruzyně in former Czechoslovakia in 1972. The company has a world-class, state-of-the-art Polygon test center in Úhelnice, which has been awarded Crash Laboratory of the Year 2020 by the Automotive Testing Technology International trade journal. Every global Škoda since 2008 has been rated 5-star by Euro NCAP.
At Skoda, they use expertise in technical development to consistently improve the active and passive safety of our vehicles. Even the entry-level models offer numerous assistance systems which are only available in vehicles from higher vehicle classes. The crash laboratory Polygon Úhelnice provides an ideal setting to thoroughly test the safety of the models. It helps to achieve the highest score of 5 stars in the NCAP reference test and the Global NCAP test for crash safety for all Škoda model series tested since 2008 has been a success.
Skoda Auto Volkswagen India Private Limited (SAVWIPL) represents the passenger vehicle brands of the Volkswagen Group in India – Škoda Auto, Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, and Lamborghini. They offer the most desirable and widest range of designs, body styles, powertrains, and above all, safety.
The common thread which binds all the products is the packaging in terms of dynamic drive, features that matter, comfortable ride, and most importantly, safety. The Škoda Auto’s 2-decade legacy in India where the MQB-A0-IN platform is the first ever that was specifically developed for the country.
The Slavia and Kushaq – developed on this platform, has a high focus on localization, and lower costs of ownership and maintenance while maintaining Škoda’s dynamic driving traits and zero compromises on safety. While ensuring that the cars have the technology and features that make them the safest in India, all the systems work the best way when the seat belt is worn.
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Skoda Auto Slavia sedan earned the tag of the highest-rated car for safety in the Global NCAP crash tests among the cars made in India. In the last quarter of 2022, the Kushaq SUV achieved the top scores in the Global NCAP tests conducted. Both these cars were tested under Global NCAP’s new, stricter crash-test protocols.
Among made-in-India cars, these two are the only ones to earn a full 5 stars for both adult and child occupants. The Kodiaq 4×4 has earned 5 stars for adult and child safety in the Euro NCAP, Škoda Auto India now boasts of a fully-tested, 5-star safe fleet of family cars for both adults and children.
SAFER WITH SKODA TRACKDAY
The company hosted a Safer With Škoda Trackday at the NATRAX facility in Indore, Asia’s largest vehicle testing center. The event showcased the safety features of Škoda cars and included emergency braking, maneuvers, and off-road abilities of the 4×4 range.
The skeletal structure of the cars is laser-welded, comprising high-strength steel that has been built to absorb the impact of the crash. This is why every Škoda, whether made for India or made for the world is fully 5-star safe for adults and children. Seatbelts and safety technology like airbags and ESC are key components of a safe car, and safety begins at the core. It is the body structure it is built on.
That core is what makes a Škoda safe. Safety is at the core of the strategy.
SKODA CARS SAFETY
The Slavia and Kushaq are equipped with up to 6 airbags, rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlights, tire-pressure monitoring, multi-collision braking, anti-lock brakes, traction control, electronic stability control, ISOFIX mounts for child seats, Top Tether anchor points among others.
While these are a mix of active and passive safety features, Škoda Auto India will lay further emphasis on the platform and skeletal structure of its cars. The company holds this safety as its driving force in its future in the Indian market. Maintaining the current lead in safety and further advancements in body structure, engineering, and active and passive safety technologies are going to be the prime goal for Škoda Auto India.