Softbody!! Nissan bakkie flunks crash test for SA vehicles

Softbody!! Nissan bakkie flunks crash test for SA vehicles

Johannesburg - Global NCAP has released the results of its second crash test for South African-spec vehicles, in partnership with the Automobile Association, and a popular one-tonner has effectively been deemed a death trap. The locally-built Nissan NP300 Hardbody scored zero stars for adult occupant protection, while the other three SA-spec (but imported) passenger cars that were tested as part of this latest round - namely the Hyundai i20, Kia Picanto and Toyota Yaris - all received three stars. Global NCAP Secretary General David Ward was scathing in his prognosis of the Nissan bakkie: “A trio of three star results are acceptable but the zero star Nissan NP300 is shockingly bad. It is astonishing that a global company like Nissan can produce a car today as poorly engineered as this. The NP300 ‘Hardbody’ is ridiculously misnamed as its body shell has collapsed.” According to the crash testing authority, the Nissan’s occupant compartment completely failed to absorb the energy of the crash, resulting in “a high risk of fatality or serious injury.” During the standard 64km/h frontal crash test, the bakkie's structure effectively collapsed and was rated as unstable, while the part that was actually meant to ....

Full report here. [embedded content] Hyundai i20: General adult protection levels varied from marginal to good, although the footwell area was rated as unstable. It’s also worth nothing that SA models lack the side airbags fitted to European equivalents. The i20 received two stars for child protection. Full report here. [embedded content] Kia Picanto: The Picanto’s overall structure was found to be stable, but like its Hyundai cousin, the footwell was unstable, and the child safety rating amounted to two stars. The latter is due to Isofix anchorages detatching during the crash test. .

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