India automotive industry received a bad news few days back when Global NCAP, the institute that performs safety tests on cars, gave a zero score to Datsun Go and other famous Indian made hatchbacks. If that was not enough to create a stir in the industry, Global NCAP again decided to create trouble for Nissan. In a recent sensational and unprecedented move, Max Mosley, Global NCAP Director, has written to Carlos Ghosn, Nissan CEO, to withdraw the Datsun Go from the Indian market.
Max Mosely, has written to Ghosn saying, "As presently engineered the Datsun Go will certainly fail to pass the United Nation's frontal impact regulation. In these circumstances, I would urge Nissan to withdraw the Datsun Go from sale in India pending an urgent redesign of the car's body-shell."
The action came in the wake of the fear of Datsun Go failing to pass the United Nation’s frontal impact regulation. Global Plan for the 'UN Decade of Action for Road Safety' requires UN’s minimum crash test standards to all global passenger car production. The launch of a sub-standard new car in India by a reputed brand like Nissan, left Max Mosley, the Global NCAP Chairman disappointed.
Max Mosely says, "He (Carlos Ghosn) should now demonstrate leadership, both in Nissan and on behalf of the vehicle industry generally that corresponds to the UN's legitimate expectation that automobile safety should be improved during the Decade of Action." Justifying his actions to address Mr. Ghosn directly, Max Mosley says that Mr has the capacity as President of the European Car Manufacturers, to resolve this issue.
The Go, which was launched in India earlier this year, underwent a frontal collision test, at the ADAC crash-testing facility in Landsberg, Germany, where it received a zero-star rating. The test was performed to check the structural integrity of the vehicle without the use of airbags and ABS. This, according to Global NCAP means that an addition of an airbag would be not have any safe effect on the car.
Nissan revived the Datsun brand by launching GO in India and other markets like Indonesia, Russia and South Africa.
While their are calls to withdraw Go, Datsun is planning to launch the MPV version of the same.