Datsun has finally unveiled its much-anticipated first budget vehicle for the 21st century, the Datsun GO.
Named after the very first Datsun to hit the streets, the DAT-GO, almost 100 years ago, the Datsun GO is due to reach South African shores late in 2014.
Built in India, much like Ford’s popular Figo, the Datsun Go seems to share much of its architecture with Nissan’s Micra with an identical wheelbase (2 450mm) and an overall length and width that’s very similar.
The Datsun Go will be powered by a 1.2-litre engine mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. While output figures have yet to be released, one can assume emphasis will be placed on fuel economy rather than performance.
For those who never want to part with their favorite music and pictures, the Datsun GO will offer a very practical solution – a Mobile Docking Station to connect with their smartphones.
While Nissan Motor’s Global design center in Japan was responsible for the Datsun GO styling, R&D and engineering development for the project was undertaken in India in order to meet local requirements and reduce costs.
Datsun models will be individually developed for different markets, but the concept will follow a common inspiration. The Datsun GO will be the first of several Datsun models that will be launched later in 2014 in South Africa.
While local pricing has yet to be announced, with the Datsun GO scheduled to go on sale in India for less than 400 000 rupees, chances are you’ll see it in South Africa under the R100 000 mark.
More information will be available closer to the start of sales.