Nis­san NP300 Hard­body fails crash test

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never found. In her con­fes­sion Maré claimed that she had dumped it in a patch of veld.

What is not known is how the duo gained en­try to Amtha’s home. Those who know the case sus­pect that Maré may have used her for­mer oc­cu­pa­tion as a po­lice of­fi­cer to gain Amtha’s con­fi­dence. And there is some­thing else that both­ers Kanti.

“I have this feel­ing in my gut that they have done this be­fore. The prob­lem is that we might never know.”

SHEREE BEGA

IT IS de­scribed by its man­u­fac­tur­ers as “African built, African tough” and touted as the “un­mis­tak­able king of African pick­ups” with an en­vi­able rep­u­ta­tion for re­li­a­bil­ity and rugged­ness.

But safety test results have given the Nis­san NP300 Hard­body a zero-star rating, “which re­sult in a high prob­a­bil­ity of life-threat­en­ing injury in a crash” for adult oc­cu­pants.

Global NCAP and the AA yes­ter­day launched the se­cond round of their #Safer­cars­forafrica crash test to­gether with the FIA Foun­da­tion and Bloomberg Phi­lan­thropies.

The four mod­els tested – Nis­san NP300 Hard­body, Hyundai i20, Kia Pi­canto and Toy­ota Yaris – showed a wide range of safety per­for­mance, from zero to three stars for adult pro­tec­tion.

Global NCAP said the results high­lighted sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ences in the struc­tural in­tegrity of the ve­hi­cles tested.

“Of con­cern with these results is that the most ex­pen­sive ve­hi­cle tested in this round – the Nis­san NP300 Hard­body – pro­duced the low­est score of all tests com­pleted to date, achiev­ing a 00.00 score and zero stars,” said Collins Khu­malo, chief ex­ec­u­tive at the AA. “There should be no zero-rated ve­hi­cles on our roads.

“They also em­pha­sise that cars may not be what they seem based purely on looks and de­scrip­tions and un­til many more ve­hi­cles are tested, this is­sue may be a much big­ger prob­lem through­out Africa than we orig­i­nally be­lieved.”

The Hard­body scored a two-star safety rating for chil­dren aged 18 months and 3 years old.

The Yaris, i20 and Pi­canto achieved a three­star rating for adult oc­cu­pant pro­tec­tion in the frontal crash test at 64km/h. The Yaris re­ceived a three-star child safety rating, while the i20 and Pi­canto each at­tained two stars for child safety.

David Ward, sec­re­tary-gen­eral of Global NCAP said the trio of three-star results were ac­cept­able but the zero-star Nis­san NP300 was “shock­ingly bad”.

“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.”

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