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Datsun Cross Unveiled As The Brand’s First Crossover 18
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Datsun, Datsun Videos, new cars, video on 01 18th, 2018

Datsun has introduced its first crossover which is aptly named the Cross.
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Crash Tests Reveal South Africa’s Most Popular Cars Are Worryingly Unsafe 26
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Chery, Datsun, Datsun Go, Datsun Videos, Global NCAP, renault, Renault Sandero, Renault Videos, Reports, south-africa, TOYOTA, Toyota Etios, Toyota Videos, video, VW, VW Polo, VW Videos on 11 26th, 2017

Combining for 65% of all new cars sold in South Africa last year were the VW Polo Vivo, Datsun Go+, Toyota Etios, Renault Sandero and the Chery QQ3, a group of five extremely popular models.

Thanks to Global NCAP grabbing the entry-level version of each of these cars and testing their safety, we now know just how well they could protect occupants in the event of a crash.

While talking about the first ever crash-worthiness test for cars sold in Africa, Global NCAP chairman Lauchlan McIntosh says that such programs have led to safer cars being delivered in markets such as South America, India and the ASEAN region over the past five years.

“Working closely with our partners at the Automobile Association of South Africa and with the welcome support of the FIA Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies, our new campaign is an important first milestone on the road to Safer Cars for Africa.”

David Ward, secretary general of Global NCAP, added that “It is good to see a four star result in these first ever African crash test ratings. However, it’s extremely disappointing that there’s a zero star car. Such a poor result shows why it is so important for countries like South Africa to fully apply the UN’s crash test standards.”

Let’s run through these results and start with the only car here which achieved a four star rating for adult occupant protection.

Toyota Etios

The Etios’ structure was rated at stable during its frontal crash test, which was conducted at 64 km/h (39 mph). This model also came with seat belts with pretensioners for both front passengers, and achieved a three star rating for child occupant protection when Toyota-recommended child seats where used.

It’s worth noting that only the Etios and the Renault Sandero offer standard ISOFIX anchorages for the outboard rear positions and three-point seat belt for all passengers.

Renault Sandero

Like the Etios, the Sandero’s structure was also rated as “stable” during its frontal collision test, offering acceptable adult occupation protection. It wasn’t quite as good as the Toyota, but it did do better in the child occupant protection test where it achieved four stars – the best in the group.

Volkswagen Polo Vivo

The Polo Vivo delivered similar results to the Sandero as far as adult occupant protection is concerned. Also like the Sandero, it did not come with seat belt pretensioners. However, using child seats recommended by VW, the Polo Vivo only managed a three star rating for child protection.

Datsun GO+

Here’s where this list shifts from acceptable to downright scary. The Datsun GO+ achieved a one star rating for its poor driver occupant protection, and a two star rating for child occupant protection using child seats.

The dummy inside the car suffered chest damage (impact with the steering wheel, despite the airbag) during the frontal collision test, and the vehicle’s structure was rated unstable overall. There was also no airbag for the passenger.

Chery QQ3

Like Mr Ward said, the Chery QQ3’s performance was extremely disappointing. It achieved a zero star rating and its structure was deemed unstable as it collapsed during impact – resulting in injuries to the dummy’s head and chest.

Aside from not featuring any airbags, this car also didn’t have a manufacturer-recommended child seat, which explains why it received a zero star rating for child occupant protection as well.



New Datsun Go Live Concept Debuts At Indonesia Auto Show 10
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in concepts, Datsun, Datsun Concepts, Datsun Go, Datsun Videos, video on 08 10th, 2017

Nissan's brand Datsun is looking to cater Indonesia's young car enthusiasts with the new Go Live Concept.
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Sung Kang And Magnus Walker Swap Rides And Go Canyon Carving 4
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Classics, Datsun, Datsun 240Z, Datsun Videos, porsche, Porsche Videos, Porsche-911, tuning, video on 11 4th, 2016

Both of them have two of the most recognizable cars right now in the petrolhead universe and share the same passion for driving but bringing them and their rides together on the same road looks like a match in heaven.
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This Datsun 240Z Is No Fair Lady 23
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Classics, Datsun, Datsun 240Z, Datsun Videos, video on 09 23rd, 2016

The beauty of driving a classic car is how visceral and raw it can be, stripped of the modern refinements that make today's cars so placid. Ditto racing cars. But a classic racing car… now we're talking.
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What’s It Like To Drive A Jacked-Up Datsun 240Z For Peking-to-Paris Rally? 10
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Classics, Datsun, Datsun 240Z, Datsun Videos, nissan, racing, video on 05 10th, 2016

This 1973 Datsun 240Z is armed and ready to tackle one of the most demanding rally events on the planet, the Peking to Paris Motor Challenge.
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Jay Leno Takes A Look At F&F Star Sung Kang’s Datsun 240Z 15
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in celebrities, Datsun, Datsun 240Z, Datsun Videos, Fast and Furious, Jay Leno, tuning, video on 03 15th, 2016

After gaining universal appraisal at the last SEMA Show, Sung Kang took his wide-body Datsun 240Z to Jay Leno’s Garage.
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Jay Leno Drives Skyline-Inspired Datsun Sunny Truck 27
Posted by Brad Anderson in Datsun, Datsun Videos, Jay Leno, video on 01 27th, 2016

Jay Leno has been fortunate enough to drive some ground-breaking performance cars but always finds the time to test out bespoke, garage-built creations like this 1974 Datsun Sunny Truck.
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Datsun’s Tokyo Show GO-Cross Concept May Preview Low-Cost Production Crossover 29
Posted by Dan Mihalascu in Datsun, Datsun Concepts, Datsun Videos, Tokyo Motor Show, video on 10 29th, 2015

The Datsun brand has unveiled its second concept car in just 17 months, the GO-cross study.
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