The recent flood of publicity about automotive safety has hopefully heightened South African motorists’ awareness of evaluation programmes such as the Global New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP) safety tests, with some lower-cost models such as the Datsun Go and Renault Kwid being criticised heavily for a lack of standard safety equipment.While slightly above the true entry-level end of the market, the Tata Bolt recently scored a good four-star rating during tests by Global NCAP."We are delighted the Tata Bolt sedan, which was introduced to SA in 2015, has earned a four-star safety rating from Global NCAP. This model is fitted with two front airbags and has antiskid braking as part of its comprehensive list of standard equipment," said Kyri Michael, CEO of Accordian Investments, the company that imports Tata passenger vehicles.David Ward, secretary-general of Global NCAP, said: "It is encouraging to see a major Indian brand such as Tata improving the safety of their models."However, ...

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