Japanese automobile manufacturer, Nissan Recently launched its sub-brand Datsun in India. Under this branding they have so far introduced two vehicles Go and Go+ models.
Recently Global NCAP ran a series of crash tests on Indian vehicles. This included the Datsun Go, which is hatchback and is devoid of features like airbags and ABS, so technically it fails the test without even participating.
The Datsun Go was still crash tested at high speeds on a head on collision and was declared unsafe. Now the Japanese manufacturer has decided to provide airbags as an optional safety feature.
Datsun will provide both Go hatchback and Go+ compact station wagon with driver side airbags. This additional safety equipment will be priced reasonably for an additional INR 15,000 to 20,000.
An optional ABS system is also being worked on and would be offered soon for both Datsun models. Both ABS and airbags will come as a combined package on their top-end variant as optional equipment.
In our opinion both these features are bound to make the Go hatchback and Go+ compact station wagon a more sensible buying option for safety conscious Indian buyers.