In a bid to reduce the number of road fatalities, the government has decided to set up a dedicated crash testing center for vehicles being sold in India. Manufacturers have generally stayed away from adding too many safety features on the onus that it would increase vehicle price and affect their margins. This time around, the government is pretty much stuck on their decision and looks like this will be implemented. Cars which already have a decent level of safety ratings abroad (some that I can think of are the Chevrolet Cruze and Hyundai Elantra) should clear these tests with relative ease, probably with the addition of a couple of air bags. The main issue lies at the tail end of the segment where the sub 4 Lakh Rs cars do battle. Strengthening the body shell to take the impact test (planned test is 56 kmph off-set), adding features like air bags etc will not only increase the production cost (that'll be passed on to the buyer) but will also decrease the fuel efficiency of such vehicles. Now that would be a sour deal. Cheap car - check, Bad fuel efficiency - No way, Safe as hell - Who cares! Expect prices to take a leap of between 10-25% even if they want to clear the test requirements. Knowing our country, this is what could possibly happen - - They would have separate ratings for Metros and non metros (since no one speeds in non metros right) - The final choice of purchase could be left to the customer (pick the safe/non safe option) However the plan is to bring out the new ratings (NCAP - New Car Assessment Program) in a few months. A deadline of 2017 will be set for all manufacturers to meet the guidelines and requirements. Testing plants will be set up at Pune and Gurgaon for now. If they could couple this with a stringent driver testing and licensing program on a national level, we might have some safety after all. What's gonna happen otherwise is that the driver who is in the 'safe' vehicle will survive an accident, while the innocent bystander will not. Nice move evolution.