Datsun Go Fails Global NCAP Crash Test
The Datsun Go was awarded zero stars in the global NCAP (New Car Assessment Program) for vehicle safety. NCAP says that “The zero-star result highlights the need for India to introduce minimum crash safety regulations.”
As a low cost car with a rock bottom sticker price, the Go must (pardon the pun) forgo much of the passive and active safety equipment that consumers in the developed world take for granted.
While the Go was created to capture the emerging middle class who are about to buy their first car, that demographic doesn’t seem terribly enthusiastic about the Go, the Tata Nano and other budget cars.
It turns out that many consumers in India would rather pay more (in some cases substantially more) to avoid being seen in a “cheap” car and to get one with more feature content. Presumably, Indian motorists, who are upgrading from a motorcycle, will want to make a big leap forward in safety as well.