GNCAP has completed safety assessments on more than 38 vehicles so far from 2014, and the XUV300
scored the highest safety rating among all the models tested, the company said in a release.
The homegrown auto major's compact SUV achieved the highest combined occupant safety rating, with a 5-star Global NCAP rating for adult occupant protection and a 4-star rating for child occupant protection, the latter being a first in India, according to the release.
"This is a proud moment for us at Mahindra. Earlier this year, the XUV300
was rated by GNCAP as the safest vehicle in India and now, it has been recognised as the safest vehicle over the last six years.
"This demonstrates our strong commitment towards vehicle safety and is a big leap forward for the Indian automotive industry, as a homegrown brand takes the lead on safety," said Veejay Nakra, chief executive officer for the automotive division at M&M Ltd.
has established a new benchmark in terms of vehicle safety in India after having been awarded a 5-star rating by Global NCAP, the company said.
Mahindra also said it was the first and only manufacturer in the country to be awarded the ''Safer Choice Award'' by GNCAP.
The official Global NCAP test for the Mahindra XUV300 was conducted in Germany earlier this year, it added.