India to introduce five-star safety ratings for new cars, but it ain’t ANCAP
India is the latest country to introduce a local crash-testing program for new cars, but its star rating system doesn’t equate with Australia’s.
The Indian Government has announced the introduction of five-star safety ratings to Bharat NCAP – the country’s own new-car safety assessment program.
However, while it has a similar name, tests, and scoring system, it will be a watered-down version of what buyers would be familiar with through the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) used locally.
India is the world’s third-largest car market, according to Automotive News Europe, as well as being home to some of the deadliest roads, with the government recording 150,000 road-related deaths in 2022.
Beginning from 1 October 2023, the new Bharat NCAP testing system will intend to help steer new-car buyers in India towards safer vehicles,