After the successful revival of Datsun in 2013, the carmaker’s budget offering for emerging markets has performed admirably accounting for approximately 1% of global sales. While it’s been particularly successful in South Africa, the future of Datsun seemed uncertain for a brief moment since Nissan announced a new four-year global restructuring plan.
Retro cars are tricky to get right. VW got it mainly right with the Beetle, while the BMW version of the Mini is now more of a Maxi. Morgan is, in reality, a new car with old lines. But let’s not mention the PT-Cruiser of yesteryear.
New technology always has its detractors, until it is generally accepted. When the iPhone came out, Blackberry went: “But where are the buttons? You don’t know which side is up! It will never sell.”
Same with CVT: “It does not give you the feel of the car. You cannot ride the gears! It will never sell.”
Nissan and Infinity sales in 2019 were not quite up to scratch which could be the result of several factors. Of course, the Ghosn debacle continues and may have played a part but it all boils down to the number of vehicles still sitting at car dealerships across the globe.
The Japanese automaker, Datsun, has filed a trademark application for their future compact SUV, the Datsun Magnite. While sources indicate that the Datsun Magnite will be a sub-4 metre SUV, further details are still to be announced.
So, you have decided on the Datsun Go as your new car. Good choice, but now you have to make another decision. But let’s recap.
You wanted a smaller, less expensive car. Because that is what you can afford, or that is what you are willing to pay. Either way, you want a car that is easy at the pump and frugal when it comes to maintenance and running.
The “Made-in-India Datsun GO and GO+ CVT” could soon be exported to Nepal and South Africa as well. Both models are manufactured at the Renault-Nissan production plant at Oragadam in Chennai where they started delivering two automatic variants in India on October 11.
“Whoa! Look!” My friend Stoker stopped in his tracks and pointed, his finger trembling. I looked and fell in love.
I was eleven years old when I crashed the Datsun through the farm gate. The gate went flying into the bossies, I stalled the engine and my grandpa muttered about fixing the brakes. The Datsun was fine, just a few more scars on the hardworking 1300 farm bakkie I was learning to drive with.
The Datsun GO is already seen as one of the best entry-level cars in South Africa thanks to its price and reliability, but now Datsun South Africa have truly put their money where their mouth is and upped the Standard 3-year/100,000km warranty to an AMAZING 6 years/150,000km. This has effectively doubled the amount of time that any New Datsun Driver can enjoy hassle-free (not to mention care-free) driving!