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Global NCAP calls upon Nissan to withdraw its new Datsun Go city car from sale over safety fears
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14 November 2014

Global NCAP is calling for Nissan to withdraw its new Datsun Go city car from sale after the new model spectacularly failed crash tests with a zero-star rating. 

The Go’s bodyshell effectively collapsed in the tests and the car has no airbags. However, Global NCAP said airbags would have been ineffectual with such an unstable structure.

Global NCAP chairman Max Mosley said: “It is extremely disappointing that Nissan has authorised the launch of a brand new model that is so clearly sub-standard.

"As presently engineered, the Datsun Go will certainly fail to pass the United Nations’ frontal impact regulation. I would urge Nissan to withdraw the Datsun Go from sale in India, pending an urgent redesign of its bodyshell.” 

Targeted primarily at emerging markets like India, the Go marks the return of the Datsun brand after an absence of 30 years. It's powered by a 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine which produces 67bhp, giving it a 0-62mph time of 15 seconds and claimed fuel economy of 58.2mpg.

Watch the Go's crash test in the video from Global NCAP, below.

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russ13b 15 November 2014

gm saab 900

remember when the classic saab 900 was replaced by the ng900 on the cavalier platform, and you saw a picture of it after the ncap offset frontal, and couldn't believe how much it'd folded up?

do an image search; it looks exactly similar to this.

i believe that to be one of the most depressing things i've ever written.

rmcondo 15 November 2014

It is for Nissan (indeed

It is for Nissan (indeed Renault-Nissan) and maybe even its investor partner Daimler AG to prove that they put equal value on a developing world life as they do on a developed world one. The evidence is that they do not. They deserve to be punished financially and in public relations terms for their actions.
jonboy4969 14 November 2014

At the end of the day, if the

At the end of the day, if the car passes ALL the local regulations, then there is no problems, yes, we all agree that it is arrrogant of Nissan to think they can do this, but if it were not sufficiently within guidelines, it would not be allowed to be sold in those markets........

I am sure people think that some of teh countries where it is sold, are backward and have no guidelies etc, but you would be very surprised at how progressive some of these third world countries are.......

Nissan DO need to get this off the roads and redesign it, because it will hurt their reputation, which is all would happen, however, if these countries do not eem it to be an issue, then Nissan does not have to do anything, and that is WRONG

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