A Crash Test Of A Mexican Sentra And American Versa Is Nightmare Material


The brand "new" Nissan Tsuru was designed in 1991 and just now discontinued.

For decades the Nissan Tsuru was the car that would not die. The darned thing began life in 1991 badged as a Sentra, and thanks to its popularity in Latin America as a cheap transportation option it never went out of production there. That is until now. While the Tsuru, built the same way since 1991, was one of the most commonly seen cars in Mexico and other Latin American countries, Nissan Mexico’s president just signed the car’s death warrant. Turns out it couldn't meet the country's stricter safety regulations for new cars.

While the US constantly revises its car safety standards, Mexico and other Latin American countries don’t.

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This makes it easy for companies like Nissan or GM to exploit the rules and profit by selling cars with atrocious safety ratings. As part of the Global NCAP’s No Zero Star Cars initiative, these models are being put into the limelight in an effort to get automakers to stop selling bargain basement deathtraps. The video here is one such effort at raising awareness. It depicts a crash test between a 2015 Nissan Tsuru and a 2016 Nissan Versa, the former of which is not up to standards for sale in the US and the latter of which passes US safety standards and can be legally sold. The results speak for themselves. Thankfully we can say good riddance to this four-wheeled coffin.