• Apr 11, 2008
It's a common test-driving practice to attack a corner a bit aggressively and "see what she can do." A swan dive was the answer a driver in India received from a four-door Suzuki/Maruti Swift DZire during a test session. The car skidded out of control, hit a large rock, and then tumbled into the Shambhavi River. The attempt to emulate the Amphicar wound up more like an impression of Alvin, unfortunately. All four occupants were injured and ended up in the hospital, while the car itself appears to be a total loss upon its winching to shore. Reckless driving has been cited as the cause, although with a name like Swift, it's possible the driver was just trying to follow instructions. We wonder if driver training in India is as dismal as here in the United States, and judging from the looks of the car, we're inclined to think that the injuries were due to a lack of seatbelt use. Thanks for the tip, Rahul!


[Source: Daijiworld]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Now that's what I call an unDZireable outcome.
      • 6 Years Ago
      There is Suzuki for you.
      They make EXCELLENT bikes, but seem lack the knack with mass produced cars.
      (NOTE: I said mass produced, cars like the escudo are amazing)
      • 6 Years Ago
      There is no driver training in India. Driving exams are a joke (if there are any to begin with)!
      I guess all small cars usually have under 70 bhp in india, so when they come out with a 85+ bhp car, people tend to go a little carried away.
      The Swift hatch-back, when it was released did command the glory that is equivalent to a GTI here. The test pilots probably tried out some stunts on the heavier sedan.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Boy, when when Maruti Suzuki "crash tests" the Swift Dzire..they do mean business by using "real" crash test occupants...(or should I say dummies)! ;-)

      But seriously, hope the injuries aren't all that bad...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Dan,

      There ain't no such thing as driver training in India. If something has changed since i moved from there it, the teachings now probably include: how to honk your horn excessively & how to fit your cars into tights spots that make a bicycle blush.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "the injuries were due to a lack of seatbelt use"

      how about maybe

      "All four occupants were injured and ended up in the hospital" and not in the morgue due to a lack of seatbelt use ?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Rock n'roll man, Rock n'roll.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wong way for Wong School of Dwiving...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Reminds me of the Yugo that blew off the Mackinaw bridge.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is it just me, or does the guy in picture 2 look like he's signaling a 10-yard penalty?
        • 6 Years Ago
        LOL... and he's almost dressed the part too.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Now that's my kind of test drive.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Awesome! Can't wait for Tata Motors to start testing Jags and Land Rovers in that testing track. I wonder if the new Jag will float. Someone please call Top Gear's stig!
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