Datsun returns with Datsun Go; on sale in India from 2014

Nissan has revealed the first Datsun-branded car in 30 years*, the new Datsun Go, which goes on sale in India from early 2014. The car will go on sale later in 2014 in Indonesia, Russia and South Africa.

30 years since phasing out the name Datsun in the west*, Nissan has brought the nameplate back from the dead. It will now adorn the company’s line of basic, cut price cars aimed at developing countries. The strategy with Nissan’s Datsun bears the hallmarks of what corporate partner Renault is doing with Dacia.

The new Datsun Go is powered by a 1.2-litre engine (power and torque outputs have yet to be confirmed), and drives the front wheels via a 5-speed manual transmission. The Datsun Go is tiny &dmash; it’s about 10cm longer than the Mini, but has two extra doors — and hits a sweet spot in India’s car tax system.

When the Go hits Indian showrooms it will be priced from below 400,000 rupees (A$7,350).

The car pictured above features a smartphone cradle attached to the sound system that also features a USB port, auxiliary input, and volume, bass and treble knobs, but no radio controls. Other features pictured include power front windows, large analogue speedometer, digital tachometer integrated into the trip computer, air conditioning and an old Ford Falcon-style pull handle for the parking brake.

* The name Datsun was used briefly on the Japanese market version of the Nissan Navara/Frontier.


Width: 1,635mm
Height: 1,485mm
Length: 3,785mm
Wheelbase: 2,450mm

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