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.
The lizards in Caledon had blue heads and they were faster than expected. The grasshoppers wore green and gold, like rugby supporters. It was a lazy Sunday late morning and the frogs in the lily pond were in full song.
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.
The Datsun GO is a feisty little hatchback, fully integrated with cutting-edge technologies in its drivetrain but also inside the cabin. Putting the driving technology aside, the Datsun GO undoubtedly looks the part of a budget-friendly small family car. It delivers excellent fuel economy with an impressive consumption of only 5.2l/100km.
“Nice wheels,” the ouk with the cash said. “But what happened between 30 – 60 000km?” He then offers you half the asking price.
Nothing cuts your car’s resale value as much as a missed service. Except maybe a flash flood. Yet people hate spending money or even time on servicing their cars. A service is a grudge expense. But why? Think about it.
The COVID-19 lockdown is a necessary precaution to ensure the health and safety of all South Africans but what about your car? Considering that non-essential travel remains discouraged, here are some simple car maintenance tips to ensure that your vehicle is in tip-top condition once they ease the restrictions even further.
Why would you buy a smaller car when you can get a bigger car? Because a smaller car usually costs less. Because it is cheaper to run. Because why pay for big when you want and need smaller? So you know you want a smaller car, but which one? Have a look at the Datsun Go. Many South Africans do, and here are ten facts about this popular car to help you decide.
We have seen numerous Datsun logos over the years and it continues to evolve as the brand expands its global reach. For those who don’t know, Datsun is a car brand owned by Nissan who has become a leader in automotive engineering.
South Africa’s has one of the worst vehicle accident rates in the world. Driver fatigue, driving under the influence and just pure bad driving all contribute to this deplorable situation. Plus we have become a nation of angry and impatient drivers. Just think of how people go through red lights . . .
In recent years, the pickup truck market has grown significantly and none more so than Nissan. While the modern era may not feature any Datsun pickups, the company has a rich history and remains proud of their earlier achievements within this segment.