South Africa may have dominated Australia in the cricket on the weekend, but at least we can say we’re a mile ahead in terms of road safety.
The Nissan NP300 ‘Hardbody’ – the fourth best-selling vehicle in South Africa last year – has been given a shocking zero star crash safety score by Global NCAP.
The organization says the Hardbody had “a high probability of life threatening injury in a crash”.
Global NCAP secretary general David Ward described the result as :shockingly bad”.
“It is astonishing that a global company like Nissan can produce a car today as poorly engineered as this,” Ward said.
“The NP300 ‘Hardbody’ is ridiculously misnamed as its body shell has collapsed.
“Nissan also claims the car benefits from a so-called ‘safety shield’ but this is grossly misleading; our test shows that the occupant compartment completely fails to absorb the energy of the crash resulting in a high risk of fatality or serious injury.”
You can watch the video of the test here, which was held as part of a Global ANCAP push for safer cars in South Africa.
Car companies are only required to adhere to safety regulations enforced in each market, resulting in many vehicles sacrificing safety to keep prices down.
Other cars tested included the Toyota Yaris, Kia Picanto and Hyundai i20, which all scored three stars.