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.”