Tuning You Straight on air bags
IT is ironic that the 1.2 Datsun Go is selling very well to pensioners, a group of people with a lifetime’s practice in spotting bargains.
Ironic, because Nissan’s designers had packed the Go with a rather nifty Bluetooth system that links seamlessly with most smartphones out there, hoping to impress first-time buyers.
Of course, older people know smartphones make for dumb people who can’t even remember phone numbers, and sales staff were asked politely to ditch the nifty Bluetooth and put in a “proper” AM/FM radio instead.
But Wheels fielded queries from aspiring buyers who read our rave review for this real little bargain car, and are now worried about all those reports that the Go failed its crash tests in India.
Fact is, all cars fail their crash tests as soon as you move faster than the low speeds at which these tests are conducted.
As example, we cited a new Merc, which exploded after the youngsters in it tried to dice the cops, racing the wrong way up the N2 where they collided head-on with a bakkie. The many airbags in the Merc did not save them.
For those who want the reassurance of an expensive explosive device ticking away inches from their faces, Nissan has bowed to all the criticism and since March, you can order a Go Lux, now with a driver airbag and ABS brakes.
It costs R108 200 compared to the basic Go, still a bargain at just over R90k at most dealers.
Our advice — get an entry-level Datsun Go and then make sure you all click in those seatbelts.
You will be as vulnerable as everyone else in a small car on the road, but paying a lot less for this privilege.
Alwyn ‘No-Airbags’ Viljoen points out all a car needs is a roll cage, a deep seat and good seatbelts to be safe, adding that if air bags worked, F1 cars would have them.