Praise for Bolt’s safety rating
WHEN the Bolt launched in 2015, Wheels was impressed by the trust its importer, Accordian Investment, placed in the frugal consumption by challenging the media to see how light their right feet can be.
Glen Hall of the Citizen achieved 4,1 l/100 and Stuart Johnston, who writes Wheels’ karting reports, got 4,7 l/100.
But these two wily old hacks only drove the Bolt using its gutless eco mode.
I drove the Bolt with a combination of normal and eco mode, to record what Kyri Michael, CEO of Accordian Investments, described as the Bolt’s normal consumption: 5,4 l/100. There is no lag on the turbo in the Bolt and the little 1,2 engine’s 140 Nm come in between 1 500 and 4000 rpm for a very enjoyable drive. This means any careful driver will get over 20 km from each litre of fuel in a Bolt, a claim that cannot be made by many of the Bolt’s competitors that sell for under R160 000.
Back then, executive director at Imperial Group, Manny da Canha, predicted South Africans would increasingly buying down from B to A segment cars, but they still want all the bells and whistles, which is why he endorsed Accordion Investments importing the Tata Bolt.
Then came a flood of publicity about automotive safety in the lower end cars, and Tata last week issued a statement to point out the Bolt enjoys a four-star safety rating from Global NCAP, thanks to two front airbags and has anti-skid braking (ABS) as part of the Bolt’s comprehensive list of standard equipment.
Commenting on the Tata Bolt’s four-star rating, David Ward, the secretary-general of the Global NCAP said: “It is encouraging to see a major Indian brand like Tata improving the safety of their models.”
Michael said the Bolt is equipped with ninth generation Bosch ABS for the disc/drum braking system with electronic brake distribution (EBD), including a corner-braking feature.
“As the name suggests, the Bolt sedan and hatch exude excitement and energy and are worthy examples of Tata Motors recently-launched vehicles.
“The strategy is to introduce several new products over a fiveyear period to significantly grow the company’s market share internationally,” said Michael.
Tata said it has now retailed more than 65 000 cars and light commercials in South Africa since 2004, and it is embarking on an energetic programme to renew Tata’s brand awareness locally as well as putting increased focus on quality after-sales service. — WR.
The Tata Bolt underoging a full frontal smash in the Global New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP), which tests the mechanical protection provided in new cars.