I know Mitsubishi is not the best of the best in UK as far as passenger vehicles (here in the US it is a second tier Japanese car brand, unlike Toyota and Honda). However both Mazda (also formerly 2nd Tier) and Mitsubishi of late has dramatically improved their fit/finish/quality of passenger cars and SUVs (as well as styling). And both brands remain more economical compared to brands like Toyota, Honda or Nissan. I am talking of course about US situation.I hope it is not mitsubishi..... utter crap.. there are already private concerns that have began to assemble cars locally. Mitsubishi should operate on a level playing fields. Tax breaks is the way to go.
Mitsubishi Outlander SUV is a rather successful model here (which comes very well appointed), as is the Mazda CX-3 SUV (responsive engine), and both compete well with Korean brand SUVs such as Hyundai Tucson and Kia SUVs (UK market Seltos, Sonet, Xceed etc.).
Mitsubishi in Bangladesh however will be way better than the deathtraps they sell next door in India named as "automobiles". Exported Indian vehicles to Europe all fail NCAP crash-worthiness standards, those are the real "utter crap".
Funny thing is - the same vehicles assembled in other countries (home markets for Hyundai in Korea especially) do not have as big of a crash-worthiness problem.
Indian made cars are selling under Korean and European names too - as OEM product.
You have to open the driver's side door and look at the VIN label for Indian origin next to the door lock latch (Point of Assembly: Chennai, India or Bangalore, India).
Indian govt. is complicit with Indian mfrs. in exporting unsafe vehicles, sometimes without airbags or proper brakes. The accent is always on "Cheap, cheap, cheap". They don't care about human occupant safety. They have crash standards on the books, but as usual the govt. agencies are paid off and look the other way.
Slap 'em together and ship 'em out as fast as you can. Paint is shiny, all good.
Lesson should be that we in Bangladesh should stay ten miles away from Indian-made cars. Or even assembling them. There is the Indian dalal in Bangladesh Abdul Matlub Ahmed (Nitol Niloy Motors) who was trying his level best to import Tata passenger vehicle SKD kits to Bangladesh and assembling them.
Bangladeshi consumers should stay as far away as possible from sub-par quality Indian products including Tata cars, as we all know. Matlub's earlier attempt Tata Nano failed, but he is trying with other Tata products now. We should not patronize Indian pa-chata Dalals like these. There are already too many Indian buses/trucks sold in Bangladesh. We don't need more.
The Hyundai i10, Datsun Go, Tata Nano and Maruti Swift models also fare especially badly - but I don't know if all four models are exported out of India. The first two are - to the UK AFAIK.
Look at the Indian vehicles (tinpots) tested in the last global NCAP test and see how they fared with two star and three star ratings and look at the injuries suffered (some are fatal injuries). Death-traps are an apt description.
Indian consumer themselves don't value their own lives, all they care about is cheap price - safety does not matter.
Global NCAP 2019 Crash Tests India | The Results
The NCAP crash test under the #SaferCarsForIndia campaign crash-tested for 4 best-selling Indian cars. These cars were; Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, Hyundai Santro, Maruti Suzuki WagonR and the Datsun RediGo.
Here are the results for the 4 popular Indian cars that were tested in the latest round of the global NCAP crash test. You are in for a surprise.
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga
- The Ertiga scored a measly 3-star rating in the crash test. Just for context, Ertiga’s rival; the Mahindra Marazzo scored a decent 4-stars in a crash test.
- The Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is the most popular MPV on the Indian roads.Very recently, the Ertiga received a major facelift and was put to test by the Global NCAP. The Ertiga is equipped with safety features like dual airbags, ABS, seatbelt reminder and ISOFIX anchorages (attachment points for the child safety seats).
- The NCAP has elaborated that the Ertiga provided good protection to the head of the passengers and the driver. However, a fatal impact was registered on the chest of the driver. Moreover, the footwell of the Ertiga was found to be quite unstable.
- Talking of the child protection, Ertiga couldn’t score quite well with an 18-month-old dummy child. The Ertiga has been therefore rewarded a 3-star rating based on all these aspects.
- The Maruti Suzuki WagonR scored a very poor 2- star rating in the Global NCAP crash test.
- India’s favourite tallboy hatch; the WagonR recently received a facelift which generated great sale numbers for the car.
- The test was carried out on the base variant of the WagonR (LXi) equipped with a driver-side airbag as the standard feature.
- The report by Global NCAP stated that the car has a really unstable hull structure and is unsafe particularly for the chest and the legs of the adult passengers.
- The WagonR didn’t do quite well with child dummies too. Both, the 3-year-old and 18-month-old child dummies suffered a major impact.
- India’s favourite family car; the Hyundai Santro was put to the test and scored an appalling 2-stars in the Global NCAP India crash test.
- The new Hyundai Santro was recently launched in a new avatar in 2018 and the Indian audience showed their love. The Santro was a huge success for Hyundai in India with chart surging sales just a month after its official launch.
- According to the Global NCAP report, head protection was rated good for both the adult driver and passenger whereas chest protection was rated weak for the driver and marginal for the passenger. Santro’s footwell and body structure have also been stated unstable.
- The Santro doesn’t come equipped with an ISOFIX mount and a restraint system which is why the car was awarded a 2-star rating for child protection.
- The Datsun RediGo turned out to be quite a disappointment in the Global NCAP global crash test 2019. The RediGo scored 1-star in the crash test. The RediGo was officially declared an unsafe car by the Global NCAP.
- Upon its launch, the Datsun RediGO has been an average performer in the market. The Datsun RediGo houses an 800cc engine and is not much loaded with features. The entry-level D variant was used for the crash test which features a driver-side airbag and ABS as standard.
- After the crash test, it was assessed that the head area was judged to be good. For the child occupants, the RediGo scored a 2-star rating. The static reel seatbelts at the rear were unable to protect the child dummies kept at the rear seats.
- The heads of both the dummies suffered major injuries. However, due to the limited protection, the car provides to the chest and the legs of the adult occupants, the Datsun RediGO turned out to be a really unsafe car.
The safety rating of a vehicle is at the bottom of the priority list for most of the Indian car buyers. Even car manufacturers care less about building safer cars for Indian consumers.
Last but not least - we need to exhort the govt. to raise duty on Indian SKD kits to be partially assembled in Bangladesh (which still means parts are made and partially assembled in India, not Bangladesh).
We should be making absolutely sure maximum value addition is added in Bangladesh. Meaning some individual parts (not sub-assemblies) can be made overseas initially to be assembled here, in our present situation. But we should encourage local parts manufacturers to start up as soon as possible (Headlamps and Tail-lamp makers, suspension and front-end parts forging companies, sheet metal stamping suppliers etc.). Tariff policy by govt. should help give boost to local manufacturers, as we have seen with Cellphone and Consumer Appliance Durables manufacturing recently.
We should talk to industry veterans.smartest move would have been producing tesla inhouse. wait a few years if necessary.
Producing mitsubishi , espacially if its oil run is just waste of time and cash as oild run cars will be banned in 5-10 years
once again short sighted desicions
We are not in a position of advanced countries on electric vehicles. Other than China, US and EU, most other countries have not adopted electric cars en-masse. You need electric charging infra as a pre-requisite. This is a must.
Just trying to adopt electric vehicle assembly will not make this a success, when very little charging stations exist.
Electric car adoption rate is 7% in the West Coast of the US, and this is after $10,000 incentive applied Per Car. The rest of the US has not adopted more than average of 2%, after a decade of producing and incentivizing electric vehicles. Bangladesh, distances are small, and adoption may be easier, but we still need charging stations. Are there any in Dhaka? Who will invest in those? Govt. is run by goondas and bus mafias. They do not care.
Horse needs to pull the cart, not the other way round.