NCAP fails Nissan's "sub-standard" Datsun Go
Nissan's new Datsun Go has scored a cripplingly embarrassing zero-star rating in the Global NCAP's safety tests, becoming one of few cars to ever fail the test. The NCAP is now officially requesting that Nissan remove the new city car from sale.
The NCAP had first disapproved of the Go's lack of airbags - a startling oversight in a modern vehicle - but after testing the car, found that since the bodyshell collapsed so completely, the car was lethal with or without airbags.
Chairman of the NCAP, Max Mosley, criticised Nissan for producing such a dangerous car, "It is extremely disappointing that Nissan has authorised the launch of a brand new model that is so clearly sub-standard. As presently engineered, the Datsun Go will certainly fail to pass the United Nations' frontal impact regulation. I would urge Nissan to withdraw the Datsun Go from sale."
The Go was intended to herald the return of Nissan's Datsun brand after 30 years, and was marketed primarily at burgeoning markets like India and China.
Not for the faint of heart, you can see the Datsun Go failing the crash tests here.
Calls for UK to introduce road safety ratings
Following a critical report of the safety of Britain's major roadways, the Road Safety Foundation is calling for the government to follow the example of some European countries by introducing a five-star safety rating. The study found that most British vehicular deaths are concentrated on a tenth of the road network. Under the road ratings scheme, all motorways, dual carriageways and A-roads would receive a rating, with three stars being the mandatory minimum.
James Bradford, engineering manager for the RSF, urged change, "The busier the road, the more frequently any flaw in layout leads to death and serious injury. Our understanding has grown in the past few years that the risks on each stretch of road can be measured. The in-built safety of road infrastructure, like cars, can be measured and star rated. We should not be driving five-star cars on one and two-star roads."
McLaren's new Sports Series is coming in 2015
McLaren's intended rival to the Porsche 911, previously known only as 'P13', the McLaren Sports Series will be on sale in mid 2015. Declared a "pure McLaren" at its unveiling, the Sports Series will compete for your affection with the new Mercedes AMG GT and the Porsche 911.
Price tags are expected to read around £120,000.