A war of words of sorts has broken out between Bajaj Auto and Volkswagen on the issue of rating of their vehicles by Belgium’s Euro NCAP.
Bajaj Auto had recently received one-star safety rating for its quadricycle Qute, in a crash test conducted by Euro NCAP. Bajaj said it was ‘delighted’ to receive the rating and said that it was “superior” to the zero star rating issued for cars like Polo, Nano and Alto, which had been tested by Global NCAP two years ago.
Volkswagen did not like this. “It is to bring to your notice that the information issued by Bajaj Auto with reference to Volkswagen Polo NCAP rating is misleading, incorrect and without merit. Please note on 31 Jan, 2014, Volkswagen issued a press statement confirming four-star Global NCAP rating (adult occupants) for its Polo car line in India,” a Volkswagen India spokesperson said.
Bajaj Auto’s comments didn’t go down well with Global NCAP either. “In press coverage of the Qute result, I was surprised to read that a spokesman for Bajaj was reportedly ‘delighted’ with the one star score. It was also very disappointing to read that Bajaj was making comparisons between Global NCAP’s tests of Indian passenger cars suggesting that the Qute had performed better than cars with a zero star result,” David Ward, secretary general of Global NCAP said in a letter addressed to Rajiv Bajaj, MD of Bajaj Auto.
Global NCAP’s crash test is tougher than that of Euro NCAP, and to make such a comparison is misleading and wrong, he said in the letter.
Rajiv Bajaj returned fire, stating that Bajaj had only suggested that Qute appeared to have done relatively better than others.
“We would equally respectfully suggest that in the future Global NCAP reflect a little longer and exhibit greater maturity in drawing conclusions before venturing to cast unwarranted aspersion upon an organisation that has a track record for integrity and performance as does Bajaj Auto,” he said.