Datsun has another Go at SA auto market

  • Budget hatch grows to seven seats
  • Panel van joins the Go range
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FIVE SEATS OR SEVEN? The 2016 Datsun Go+ makes the choice yours - and there's also a panel-van version. Image: Datsun SA
FIVE SEATS OR SEVEN? The 2016 Datsun Go+ makes the choice yours – and there’s also a panel-van version. Image: Datsun SA

Less than two years after the introduction of the Datsun Go budget car in South Africa Datsun SA has launched it second model – the Datsun Go+.

The brand is aimed pretty much at first-time buyers but ‘plus’ means seven seats in a longer body – Datsun describes it as “a five+two” with reference to the seat arrangement.

Vincent Cobee, global boss of Datsun, said at the cars’ August 2016 launch at the Kyalami Festival of Motoring in Johannesburg: “The plus edition of the Datsun Go will create its own unique sub-segment (in the upper A/lower B segment) as a versatile multi-purpose vehicle offering exceptional value, fuel economy and maintenance – hallmarks of Datsun since its re-entry to SA.”

It will also be available as a panel van.

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GO IN THE BACK DOOR, TOO: The 2016 Datsun Go+ has excellent and adjustable luggage/cargo space. – or try the panel-van version. Image: Datsun SA

Datsun, for those of you not old enough to remember, was the brand name before switching to Nissan and has a deservedly proud history of small cars with a big history in South African motorsport.

‘DETERMINED TO EXPAND’

Des Fenner, general manager of Datsun SA who was probably around back then, told The Corner in a media release that the extra models “indicate Datsun’s commitment to the market”.

“The brand is determined to expand its range,” he explained, “by offering a growing family of Datsun products. South Africans, particularly young families and those looking for a first car, are facing budget challenges.

“We have no doubt that at R134 900 (inc.VAT) the Datsun Go+ will be a serious challenger. Most MPVs sell for more than R200 000 so there is no doubt the Go+ will have a competitive edge to attract both genders aged 26-36.”


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The cars come with aircon, a third row of seats that folds to accommodate cargo, a trip data computer and a mobile docking station. It’s driven by a 50kW 1.2-litre engine and has disc/drum brakes, power-assisted steering and “powerful headlights”. Fuel consumption is listed as 5.2 litres/100km.

Fenner added: “We believe that, in addition to young families, the Go+ will be an attractive option for rental companies.”

For more information visit Datsun.co.za or you can follow the conversation on #DatsunGO or #Datsun2016

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