Report – Datsun Go is high on active safety, says Nissan India President

Posted on: Nov 24, 2014 - 1:05pm IST

The hatchback is claimed to have superior active safety standards than rivals, says Nissan.

The Datsun Go has not been meeting the sales expectations of Nissan India and to add to that, the Global NCAP has exposed the car’s poor performance in the crash test. The global vehicular safety watchdog even urged Nissan to withdraw the hatchback from the market and re-engineer it.

Datsun Go Global NCAP crash test
The Datsun Go failed the Global NCAP frontal collision test.

Talking to The Hindu BusinessLine, Mr. Guillaume Sicard, President of Nissan’s Indian operations, advocated that vehicular safety is not just limited to crashworthiness and should not be viewed in a narrow angle. Highlighting the importance of active safety, Mr. Sicard stated that the Datsun Go is much superior than its rivals in terms of braking distance and road holding.

He also pointed out that the suspension system, long-range headlamps and the seats that are designed to reduce driver fatigue also contribute to the car’s active safety.

While respecting the NCAP’s purpose, Mr. Sicard argues that crash test is just one of several specific aspects of safety. He also added that safety is in a constant stage of evolution and a never-ending exercise.

Datsun Go at the 2014 Nepal Auto Show
The Go is claimed to have the shortest braking distance and best road holding among the cars it its segment.

While the ability of an automobile to protect its occupants from serious injuries in an event of a crash is of paramount importance, its ability to prevent the accident from happening in the first place (active safety) is imperative too.

Read our review of the Datsun Go

That said, ABS which is one of the most significant active safety equipment is not even offered as an option on the Datsun Go.

Datsun Go – Image Gallery


[Source: BusinessLine]

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12 thoughts on “Report – Datsun Go is high on active safety, says Nissan India President

  1. Manish M Mishra says:

    If I asks you, how will you like to die ?

    1. Crush under MAD Elephant’s leg ? or

    2. Thrown in front of Hungry Tiger ?

    3. Die a natural death after all your energies are exhausted ?

    What will be your reply ??? It is sure all will go with 3rd option. But if we had only two option,1 and 2, then ???

    It is same like selecting Maruti 800, Alto, Swift, Eon, i10, Datsun etc.

    You are not driving a car, your are driving in your coffin. Now tell me which coffin is more bad ??? All have Zero Star rating for safety. Then why fuzz, which coffin is better, sorry i mean which car out of 800,alto,swift, eon,i10,datsun are better. They all are bad. We should stop buying and anti-propagate to stop anybody buying these moving coffins.

    Also I feel that NCAP is a separate body who are just to test safety of car and have no right to give further ranking on Zero ranking cars, that this is more bad or this good in all bad ones, lol ?? They all are Zero’s, don’t create heros among zeros.

    NCAP should give their reports to Govt. and push them to take action and bane all low ranking cars in India.

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  2. Manish M Mishra says:

    If I asks you, how will you like to die ?
    1. Crush under MAD Elephant’s leg ? or
    2. Thrown in front of Hungry Tiger ? or
    3. Die a natural death after all your energies are exhausted ?

    What will be your reply ??? It is sure all will go with 3rd option. But if we had only two option,1 and 2, then ???
    It is same like selecting Maruti 800, Alto, Swift, Eon, i10, Datsun etc.
    You are not driving a car, your are driving in your coffin. Now tell me which coffin is more bad or more good ??? All have Zero Star rating for safety. Then why fuzz, which coffin is better, sorry i mean which car out of 800,alto,swift, eon,i10,datsun are better. They all are bad. We should stop buying and anti-propagate to stop anybody buying these moving coffins.

    Also I feel that NCAP is a separate body who are just to test safety of car and have no right to give further ranking on Zero ranking cars, that this is more bad or this good in all bad ones, lol ?? They all are Zero’s, don’t create heros among zeros.

    NCAP should give their reports to Govt. and push them to take action and bane all low ranking cars in India.

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  3. farghmee says:

    Sicard,
    can u be sure that car with top-notch active safety will not meet an accident?
    passive safety is there for reasons.

    stupid answer from nissan, as if their chassis is abram-tank alike.

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  4. nk says:

    Mr Sickard why don’t you trade places with the dummy and lets do the test again ?

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  5. arngpl says:

    Mr Sicard, If you don’t have something intelligent to say, Don’t say anything. ‘Go’ is good car and is well suited for Indian conditions(although the interiors are lame).

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  6. Joy says:

    poor reply from Nissan. but we have to admit that most of the budget cars are worse than Datsun Go. maruti suzuki swift got 3 stars with airbags and got a zero without airbags. why are people not asking suzuki guys? if swift is in such state, what about alto, wagon r, celerio etc. safety standards should definitely go up irrespective of whether law allows it or not..

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  7. Godson Arun Kumar says:

    This is a nice reply from the Nissan India President. The Go’s active safety system is definitely better than it’s competitors and the car’s high speed manners and suspension have been mentioned positively in all of the reviews in comparison with it’s competitors. And let’s face it, neither of the Go’s competitors can boast of high standards of crash safety. From the NCAP crash test results of the alto 800 and i10 last year, it was evident that both cars performed poorly. I think instead of nitpicking with the safety standards of the Go, the NCAP should have lodged a complaint with the Indian Govt. for reviewing its new car assessment and certification process. None of the small cars in India can be deemed safe from the aging santro to the alto. These are two cars that the majority of India travels in not only in the city but highways too.

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  8. JIJIN JAYARAJ says:

    None of what he said makes any sense. So long range headlamps and fatigue-reducing seats will save you when a truck hit your car head-on? :/
    The main issue with the Go as found out by the NCAP is the fragile body cell. So, it doesn’t matter who is responsible for the crash, the Go isn’t going to to come out of the crash in a good shape(pun intended).

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    1. Akash says:

      At last, someone got common sense.

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    2. Godson Arun Kumar says:

      Active safety is supposed to prevent the event of the very crash itself and is an extreme necessity in any car. It is very good to have a greater degree of active safety in any car, more so in the small hatchback segment where any crash at speed is likely to cause serious casualty. Better road holding for example ensures good grip and decreases chances of the vehicle skidding and crashing. And needless to say Datsun Go has better road grip owing to its superior suspension setup and wider stance than other cars at its price point.

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      1. Rajha says:

        I agree Mr.Gordon… But as U mentioned, all these better suspension and better head lights and better dynamics will defntly give everyone the confidence to drive this datsun go faster and at double the speeds where we would normally push any other low end cars that U intend to compare here…
        And so on, when all of a sudden when a road ends on a blind curve , thats the end of the road for Us in the Go…
        Lame excuses fro not providing a worthy Body Shell, let alone ABS even when im willing to pay extra for it…
        Alright Mr.Gordon leave the wonderful porsche like dynamics and mercedes like active safety on the Go, consider Ur not driving and just sit in the car parked on the side of the road and a not a train nor a heavy truck nor even an indica is needed to rip us into pieces while hitting highway speeds, just a bajaj pulsar hiiting us head on is more than enough to give us deadly injuries…
        So please dont j, ust fulfill just one criteria that is budget of these cheap cars…
        Buying a used fabia or punto for datsun Go money is a safer option for U and Ur family if ur on a budget, not the Datsun Go, and all base model cars from the suzuki stable…

      2. JIJIN JAYARAJ says:

        Exactly, I couldn’t have put it in a better way.

        Active safety is important, yes. But unless we are talking about Mercedes PreSafe kind of active proactive safety system, it is all pointless. Safe driving and within traffic rules will on any day trump any amount of active safety features present in a car.

        The body being fragile beyond belief is simply unbelievable. As far I know, even though the other cars such as 800, alto, Nano etc which have all got 0 stars, none had such fragile body shells.

        Lets, take the example of the Polo, it received a 0 star rating upon which VW stopped selling the base version as made all versions equipped with Airbags. The car was later rated 4 stars. Now, if the Polo had a weak and sub-standard body shell do you think it would have received a 4 stars later? No way.

        A simple Google Image search will help one see how the Polo’s and Datsun Go’s body cell fared in the crash tests.

        Maybe Mr Godson has recently purchased a Datsun Go! 🙂 If that’s the case, it’s not too late to sell 😉

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