Nissan revived the Datsun brand this year after it stopped selling it nearly three decades ago. Hoping to catch on the budget customers, Nissan launched the Datsun Go hatchback in India in March. While poor sales may not be enough to urge Nissan to stop selling the car, a call from a safety organization may prompt it to do so.
Following safety tests, the Global New Car Assessment Program determined a zero-star safety rating for adult occupant protection for the hatchback. According to NCAP, the Go’s structure collapsed when crashed, and was so unstable that even airbags would not be enough to make it safer.
Global NCAP Chairman Max Mosley said that it is “extremely disappointing” that Nissan launched brand-new model that is substandard. He called for an urgent redesign of the Go’s body-shell. He remarked that Nissan chief executive Carlos Ghosn should "demonstrate leadership" by putting a stop to the Go.
Another small car competing in India, Maruti-Suzuki's Swift, also received zero stars in the NCAP testing.
Nissan and Maruti-Suzuki received support from the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers, which chief said that each country has its own safety requirements and the cars offered in India are meeting safety norms set by the government. Association chief Vishnu Mathur also accused Global NCAP of “scaremongering."