Maruti Suzuki is currently under works of developing its all new vehicle testing facility, in Rohtak, Haryana which is spread in an area of 600 acres and comprises of about 30km of test tracks. This is the same location at which the currently on sale Vitara Brezza, the Indo-Japanese automaker’s compact SUV has been tested.
The Brezza, after undergoing numerous tests has becomes the first Indian vehicle to be certified for offset (AIS 098 at 56kmh) and side impact crashes. These tests have been carried out at the in-house crash testing lab situated at this testing centre, which too is India’s first.
The facility is already under partial operation with its set to become fully operational by the year 2019. Made with an investment of INR 3,800 Cr. the center is to help Maruti develop its future products, right from the concept stage to that of the final process of validation of the vehicles. This is to help speed up the process and also to a great extent help the manufacturer reduce its inputs costs. Also Read: Maruti Suzuki Baleno and Vitara Brezza become more expensive in India
The testing facility consists of a number of facilities like a high-speed bowl, endurance tracks which consists of potholes, gravel tracks, muddy tracks along with low friction and skid pads among the others. Coming back to the crash test facility, the same also has facilities for testing pedestrian protection.
This in-house facility is to help Maruti Suzuki gather important data for its future products for which, till now it was, to a great extent depended upon expertise from Suzuki. Also Read: Maruti Suzuki sells one lakh smart hybrid vehicles in India
Talking about the Vitara Brezza, the same has set a benchmark in its segment with monumental sales. Currently the same is offered with only a diesel derivative with the prices falling in the range of INR 7.19 to 9.66 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Source: Autocar India