The Global New Car Assessment Program found Nissan's midsize truck offering severely lacking in the safety department.
This isn't the sort of result you want to see when you crash your new truck, is it? Yet this is a truck on sale, right now, in South Africa. It was called the Nissan NP300 Hardbody, and it was a crash test as part of the Global New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). The results aren't exactly flattering: the test found Nissan's midsize pickup to be spectacularly unsafe. And that's not going over the top either: it scored a zero star rating.
What does scoring a big fat goose egg crash crash testing look like? Check out the video below:
At 64 km / h (about 40 mph), the ironically-named Hardbody is crumpled all the way back to the C-Pillar. The front of the passenger compartment deformed while the driver's head off the airbag and slammed into the door trim. The passenger fared a little better, but that was still smashed into the windshield alarming speed, and the dummies in the back didn't fare much better.
Global NCAP posted a summary following the video:
"The NP300 'Hardbody' has been achieved as an alarming zero star rating for its poor adult occupant protection mainly in the driver's head and chest crash test areas at 64km / h. The vehicle structure collapsed during the crash test and it was rated as unstable. The steering wheel column in not collapse penetrates the passengers' compartment, creating an additional risk for the driver as it moved straight into the dummy chest. This performance showed a significant risk of injuries for the drivers despite the car being equipped with double frontal airbags. The high probability of injury to the driver's head and chest protection rating. Even with the airbags the driver's head and chest showed high biomechanical readings. The NP300 ‘Hardbody’ achieved two stars for child occupant protection, the low level is explained by the decision of the manufacturer to install one of the child seats without following the child seat manufacturer clear instructions. ”
According to South Africa's TimesLIVE, a Nissan South Africa spokesperson stated that "the safety of our customers is top priority." By comparison, the U.S.-market Nissan Frontier fared much better, even though it was scored "Marginal" in IIHS testing.
The Nissan NP300 Hardbody isn't sold in the United states, but this goes to show how far some emerging markets have to come in terms of safety.