New Delhi: Maruti Suzuki India Ltd on Monday said that it plans to offer standard safety features such as airbags and anti-lock braking system (ABS) in all its models.

“We are working on that. They will be available across," said Kenichi Ayukawa, managing director of Maruti Suzuki.

To be sure, Indian car makers have faced criticism from safety experts after the UK-based vehicle-testing agency Global New Car Assessment Programme (Global NCAP) in November said many cars such as Maruti’s Swift hatchback and Nissan Motor India Pvt. Ltd’s Datsun Go are unstable and they may increase the “probability of life-threatening injuries" in case of an accident.

Earlier, the agency had given zero-star adult protection ratings to India’s top-selling car models including the Maruti Alto, Tata Motors Ltd’s Nano, Volkswagen India Pvt. Ltd’s Polo, Hyundai Motor India Ltd’s i10 and Ford India Pvt. Ltd’s Figo. Volkswagen has since decided to offer the Polo in India with two airbags as standard. This model subsequently received a four-star safety rating.

Ayukawa, however, remained worried about the supply of safety features. “The vendors will have to scale up their capacity. If I have to make airbags available to all my Swift models, I would require as many as 200,000 airbags, which is currently not possible," he said.

Maruti will also introduce its first diesel engine with the Celerio hatchback, which is expected to offer the best fuel economy in the industry, Ayukawa said. The three-cylinder 800cc engine that Suzuki has developed indigenously is expected to offer close to 30km per litre

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