Nissan Asked to Withdraw Datsun Go from Indian Market

Amrit Jana
By Amrit Jana November 7, 2014 08:00

Nissan Asked to Withdraw Datsun Go from Indian Market

Datsun GO car from Nissan Motors failed the crash test conducted by Global NCAP, the consumer car safety testing body, a few days ago. Global NCAP has asked Japanese car manufacturer Nissan Motors to take the car off the Indian market. They felt that the new car model from Nissan Motors was sub-standard. The Nissan Datsun Go was an entry level hatchback economy car that was launched by Nissan Motors a year ago in India. The car had received a zero-star safety rating in a crash test conducted by Global NCAAP.

Nissan Asked to Withdraw Datsun Go from Indian Market

The structure of the vehicle collapsed during the test and was found to be unstable during the crash test. The high forces that were felt on the dummies during the crash test was found to be posing a grave death risk or a grave serious injury. The Global NCAP has found the GO’s body to be very unstable that it is not worth to include the airbags.

The Chairman of Global NCAP, Max Mosley, has already written a letter to Nissan CEO and Chairman Carlos Ghosn to immediately withdraw Datsun Go car model from the Indian market. Mosley said that he was extremely disappointed that Nissan’s brand new model could turn out to be a sub-standard car. He has instructed Nissan to withdraw the sale of car from India pending an urgent rejig of the body shell of the car. Mosley said that applying UN’s minimum crash test safety standards to all passenger cars produced worldwide is a key recommendation of Global Plan for UN Decade of Action for Road Safety.

The spokesperson of Nissan has said that Nissan India had heard about this news from the media. They are still waiting for the letter sent by Global NCAP Chairman. Hence, they are not ready to comment on this issue at the moment. The company is committed to offering safety to its customers and road safety is a key concern for the company both in India and globally. Nissan Motors revived the Datsun brand of cars in India by showcasing its first car Datsun GO and launched the car last year. But, the sales of the car have not been on expected lines and this was worrying Nissan Motors. Now, with this news of the car failing crash test standards, it looks like Nissan is in for some troubled times in the days and months ahead. It will have to re-design the body shell in order to pass the crash test standards.

Amrit Jana
By Amrit Jana November 7, 2014 08:00