An automotive nameplate mothballed in the 1980s has made a reappearance in the form of the made-in-India Datsun GO.
The revival of the Datsun name brings the number of brands within the Nissan fold to three, after Infiniti.
The GO, a 5-door fwd hatchback, uses a 1,2-litre engine and 5-speed manual transmission. It will be built at a Renault-Nissan Alliance facility at Oragadam, in Chennai.
The GO is positioned as economical family transport for developing countries such as India, Indonesia, Russia and South Africa.Earlier, Nissan said that the GO would be priced under R100 000.
Although based on a common theme, Datsuns will be individually developed for different markets. The GO was designed in Japan and developed in its proposed markets to ensure compatibility with local preferences and suppliers. And there’s more to come: according to Nissan, the GO is just the first of several new Datsuns that will be launched in 2014.