Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Nissan Terra Won't Pass U.S. Safety Standards


A report from Automotive News concedes that the much-hyped Nissan Terra won’t be coming to developed markets such as Europe and the US for one big reason: safety.

In an interview with the publication, Hironori Awano, chief vehicle engineer of the Terra said that this body-on-frame SUV was designed primarily to satisfy emerging markets such as China and Southeast Asian countries like Thailand and the Philippines.

And while there are certain attributes that will make it palatable to American buyers, they’ve pretty much ignored the North America for this SUV. As such, it won’t meet US safety regulations. Quoting Mr. Awano from the report:
“The US market is one of the toughest, not just because of crash tests but also because of customer expectations,” he said.
At this point, it’s worth noting though that none of the PPVs or Pickup-based Passenger Vehicles are currently sold in the North American market. Still, this is a big blow since Nissan has been harping about the Terra’s safety features such as Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Warning, Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection, and Intelligent Emergency Braking (all of these are part of Nissan Intelligent Mobility).

The first one that’ll be offered in the US would be the Everest-based Ford Bronco which is slated for a 2020 market appearance. If only Nissan engineered the Terra to take on the US market, they would have easily beaten Ford to the punch.

Source: Automotive News

14 comments:

  1. Of course. That is why these are called 3rd world SUVs.

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  2. It's not surprising to see the Ford Everest (Bronco) pass the stringent US Market. And it's also not surprising to see the Nissan Terra fail to pass the test, they (Nissan) has to improve the Terra for all markets first before aspiring for that US Market.

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  3. Worse than 2019 Jimny? Hard to believe since Nissan Frontier / MB X-Class have better NHTSA/NCAP ratings than Jimny. Guessing they are waiting how Broncho is received first (if there is a huge demand) before offering Terra with its own US specific branding / specs / powertrain.

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  4. if this is the case with the terra, then the Nissan kicks (and the discontinued juke, at least for the U.S. market) is much better then than the terra. the kicks replaced the juke in the American market

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  5. This is outright discriminatory! These manufacturers are shortchanging Asians! We deserve better and safer vehicles too!

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    1. six airbags are standard on all variants of the Nissan Terra.

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  6. Because we have different needs. A lot of people here are willing to forego safety because, "Magaling naman ako mag-drive" "Di mo magagamit sa Pinas yan" "Ang mahalaga mura sasakyan kahit mausok, luma na at walang airbags"

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  7. At least they're honest and not pretend that all those airbags will make ppvs safer

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  8. How about the Toyota Fortuner, Mitsubishi Montero, Isuzu MUX, and the Ford Everest? They aren't sold in the United States either. Does that necessarily mean it's because they won't pass US and European standards? Or maybe they're all just not marketable in the US? Hmmm...

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    1. Same with all PPVs. There's a reason why 3-row mid-sized crossovers are sold there instead of these body-on-frame, diesel-fed PPVs; aside from the fact that they are cleaner, more comfortable, quieter, more modern, the price there isn't as high as the price here, and they can afford them and the gas prices more, they are inherently safer with the safety equipment and build that comes with them.

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  9. Yup this article just targetted one brand. But The other you mentioned are also not sold to the US market. And yes I expect its for the same safety reason

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  10. Guys im planning to buy car
    Alin po ba mas magandang car?
    Fortuner automatic?
    Terra automatic?
    Montero automatic?
    MUX automatic?

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