The Mahindra XUV300 has become the first car in South Africa to get a 5-star NCAP safety rating after achieving the same success in India in 2020. According to the Global NCAP, the Mahindra XUV300 provides sufficient protection for adults and child occupants meeting the Side impact Regulation UN95. Here’s everything you need to know.
There’s good news for the SUV market as Mahindra & Mahindra is introducing various new models, including the next-gen Mahindra Scorpio, Mahindra XUV500, TUV300 facelift edition, e-KUV100 and the XUV300 electric. According to reports, the brand new Mahindra Scorpio could be launched toward the middle of this year.
Sets new benchmark in Safety with first 5-star safety rating for all vehicles tested in Africa by Global NCAP, with highest ever score
XUV300 becomes the safest car ever tested by GNCAP for Africa
South Africa’s economy was built on mining, and this still makes up a significant chunk of our economy. But getting valuable commodities from under the ground is tough, specialised work that requires tough, specialised equipment.
It’s raining SUVs in Mahindraland. India’s largest utility vehicle manufacturer has announced the launch of six new SUVs for 2021, including two electric vehicles (EVs) that were shown at the Auto Expo this year.
Let’s look at the EVs first:
Think of your car as an egg carton and your family as the eggs inside. How far can you drop it before the eggs break? What happens if you drop it on an edge, a corner? How many eggs will break then?
The Mahindra XUV300 continues to impress as it becomes the second SUV in India to receive a 5-star GNCAP safety rating. While that score for the Global NCAP Crash Test is an achievement in itself, it also secured 4 stars in child safety making the Mahindra XUV300 the first Indian car to do so.
Mahindra has acknowledged the unique needs of the South African market by opening a specialist fitment centre in Gauteng.
Mahindra has found a place in South Africa’s heart and the brand is growing rapidly here, with year-to-date growth of 34% in a market that declined by 3.5%. Initially, the range comprised affordable, tough-as-nails, no-frills vehicles, many developed for the myriad needs of the Indian military. These vehicles are very popular, but more recently Mahindra has made inroads in the sophisticated urban SUV market with vehicles such as the Mahindra XUV300 and XUV500.
Mahindra has released a series of impressive cars in recent times bolstering their line-up in South Africa. What they offer now includes the Mahindra KUV100 and Mahindra XUV500 while the newer XUV300 is expected to perform as well as it has in India.
According to a Naamsa report, Mahindra is becoming increasingly popular in South Africa where they sold 260 passenger cars and 180 light commercial vehicles last December. January this year saw even higher numbers as the Indian automaker sold 294 passenger cars and 350 LCVs.