New Datsun is a Go!

BY CHARL BOSCH - OCTOBER 14, 2014

Following an absence of nearly 30 years, the Datsun name has returned to South Africa, albeit in a completely different way to the 120Y / 140Y, performance SSS models, Stanza and 240Z / 260Z / 280 ZX of old.

First mentioned by Nissan boss, Carlos Ghon, last year, the brand now serves as its parent company’s entry level marque and is aimed squarely at developing markets such as India, Russia and South Africa.

Although more models are expected to be added soon, the firm will kick-off its return to South Africa with the Go, a five-door hatchback aimed at younger or first buyers.

Measuring 3,785 mm in length, a width of 1 635 mm and height of 1 485 mm, the Indian built Go is powered by a 1.2-litre 12v three cylinder petrol engine which makes 50 kW and 104 N.m. Drive goes to the front-wheels through a five-speed manual box, while Datsun claims a combined fuel consumption figure of 5.2-litres/100 km.

Set to go on sale next month, the Go will be available in two model with the base model sporting a price tag of R89 500 while the range topping Lux model sneaks in below the R100 000 threshold by a mere R500. A three year/100 000 km warranty is standard on both models with the added cost option of service and maintenance plan.