“New” does not mean “safe”. Two pickups, Nissan has pushed the crash test

“New” does not mean “safe”. Two pickups, Nissan has pushed the crash test


As you know, automobile manufacturers may have multiple manufacturing facilities in different countries and even on different continents. Different cars at the company are manufactured for different markets, often under the same name. That’s the thing.

British organization Global NCAP drew attention to the issue of security vehicles manufactured by car manufacturers for the Africa market. For comparison they took the new Nissan NP300 Hardbody (we known as Navara) made in 2019 at the plant near Pretoria (South Africa), and Nissan NP300 2015 made in Barcelona (Spain). Further all is simple – the cars collided at the speed of 56 km/h.

The results are obvious.

In order to understand what and why all this happened, you need to know a few facts. The first is that the new Nissan NP300, manufactured in Africa, is slightly corrected by the model is technically very close to the Nissan Frontier pickup sold in the U.S. since 1997. In 2004, the model was replaced by a new one, but in PAIRS this did not happen. Second – Nissan NP300 received an official rating of zero points on the scale of NCAP. During the collision (60 km/h) force structure of the body of the pickup truck did not survive, and the steering column smashes into the chest of the dummy. Third among pickups Nissan NP300 is the best-selling market in South Africa.


The results of the crash test showed that for the same collision in real life the driver and passengers of the African NP300 would have received injuries incompatible with life. While sitting in the European pickup truck to be able to leave the scene, because they would not have received any serious injuries.

A demonstration experiment was conducted in order to demonstrate the double standards used by the global brands in different markets. So, in the EU there are strict limits on the operation of the vehicle if it does not meet the safety standards. In Africa there is no such restriction.

As always, it’s the cost of the final product sold in the markets of Africa. It should be made as low as possible. But does this mean that the automaker did not have to take responsibility for the security of selling cars?

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