Entry-level variants are sold with no airbags.
Meet the Chevrolet Enjoy, a basic people mover for the Indian market. The American manufacturer says it meets the “highest standards of safety” thanks to “an unmatched set of active and passive safety features”. Its body construction features 10 high-strength steel beams, which provide “enhanced safety for cabin occupants, so that your loved ones are safe on every drive”. Well… forget that.
The eight-seat MPV was recently tested by the Global NCAP and the results shown are, frankly, awful. In a frontal offset test at 40 miles per hour, the Enjoy registered zero safety stars for adult occupant protection. The organisation says the lack of airbags in the basic trim levels and the poor body structure result in unacceptably high, even fatal, driver and front passenger injuries. Even the higher-level trims are offered with only two airbags, which should at least “add an extra layer of protection to front seat passengers who are already wearing seat belts”.
"There is nothing to enjoy about a zero star safety score and GM should be embarrassed that they are selling cars with such inadequate levels of occupant protection to Indian consumers," David Ward, Secretary General of Global NCAP, commented.
This is not the first product of General Motors to fail a crash-test in the recent years. Last year, the India-made Chevrolet Beat (rebadged Spark) failed the Latin NCAP, scoring zero stars for both adult and child safety. Just like the Enjoy, the entry-level variants of the Beat are sold with no airbags, which is the primary cause for the fail.
The Ford Figo Aspire was also tested by the Global NCAP and fared much better than the Enjoy, but still far from perfect. The Figo comes as standard with two front airbags, while the top trims have up to six airbags. The car registered three stars for adult occupant protection and two stars for child protection.
Source: Global NCAP via auto.ndtv.com