Datsun Go

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Datsun Go
Datsun Go Launch New Delhi India July 15 2013 Picture by Bertel Schmitt 4.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Datsun (Nissan)
Also called Datsun Go (and Go+) Panca (Indonesia only)
Production 2014–present
Assembly Chennai, India (Nissan)[1]
Purwakarta, Indonesia
Body and chassis
Class City car (Go)
Mini MPV (Go+)
Body style 5-door hatchback (Go)
5-door MPV (Go+)
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel-drive
Related Nissan Micra
Powertrain
Engine 1.2 L I3 (Gasoline)
Transmission 5-speed manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,450 mm (96.5 in)
Length 3,785 mm (149.0 in) (Go)
3,995 mm (157.3 in) (Go+)
Width 1,635 mm (64.4 in)
Height 1,485 mm (58.5 in)

The Datsun Go is the first car released by the Japanese automaker Nissan under the Datsun brand, since it was discontinued in 1986. Named after the "Dat-Go", Datsun's first car launched in the early 20th century,[2] the Go is available in developing markets such as India, South Africa and Indonesia. It is based on the same Nissan V platform as the Micra/March.[3]

The Go was launched in India in 19 March 2014[4] and in Indonesia on 8 May 2014.[5]

Variants[edit]

Datsun Go[6] is available in total 4 trims: D, D1, A and T. All share the same 1.2-litre engine, and 5-speed gearbox, ventilated front disc brakes, rear drum brakes, 13-inch wheels,

Equipment levels improve through the range, with the T including[7] features such as speed sensitive power steering, electric front window, central locking, mobile docking station and front speakers and full wheel covers.

In Indonesia,[8] as Go Panca hatchback, is available in 3 trims : T ( Rp 96.000.000), T Option ( Rp 96.500.000) and T Active ( Rp 99.900.000). As the top model, T Active came with all equipment T and T Option has, plus : Aero Kits, Body Side Moulding, Silver Painted Cluster, Fin and Shift Base.

Go+[edit]

2014 Datsun Go+

The Datsun Go+ is a MPV version of the Go. In Indonesia [9](as Go+ Panca) is available in 3 trims : Basic D ( Rp 85.250.000), A ( Rp 92.800.000), and Top of The Line T Option ( Rp 100.300.000). T Option is equipped with Electric power steering, 155/70 R13 steel wheel with cover, Central door lock, Keyless alarm, Immobilizer, Power window (front only). The Go+ uses the same platform with the Go. The Go+ also uses the same engine with the Go. The Go+ uses the 5+2 seat arrangement. The length of the Go+ is 3,995 mm (157.3 in) and its width is 1,635 mm (64.4 in). Its height is 1,485 mm (58.5 in) and its wheelbase is 2,450 mm (96.5 in). In August 2014, Datsun Go T Style (higher than T Option) and Datsun Go T Active (top of the line) was introduced. [5]

Nissan has launched Datsun Go+ MPV in the Indian car market in 2015. Available in four trim levels, the entry level variant of the compact MPV is priced at Rs. 3.79 lakh While the top-spec model is tagged at Rs. 4.61, ex-showroom New Delhi. The Datsun Go+ MPV is offered in petrol version only. Under the bonnet is a 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol unit. This engine is capable of producing a maximum power output of 67bhp at 5,000rpm and a peak torque of 104Nm at 4,000rpm. Power is transmitted to front wheels of the car via a five-speed manual transmission gearbox. The company claims that the engine returns an impressive ARAI certified fuel economy of 20.62 km/l.[10]

On the inside, the top of the line variant embraces power steering along with manual central locking, wheel covers, body colored bumpers, front power windows and HVAC system. Datsun claims the best in class fuel economy 20.6 km/l as well as the lowest Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) amongst its competitors for its new sub-compact MPV. [11]

Design[edit]

The car has many features in common with the Micra, from which it has inherited much of its interior. The length of the vehicle is 3,785 mm (149.0 in) and its width is 1,635 mm (64.4 in), placing it in the small car category. Its height is 1,485 mm (58.5 in) and its wheelbase is 2,450 mm (96.5 in).

Technical characteristics[edit]

The Go is powered by a 1.2-litre (1198 cc) straight-three engine which is also used in the Micra Active. This engine produces 68 hp (51 kW; 69 PS)[12] and 104 N·m (77 lbf·ft) of torque. The Go sacrifices performance in order to further improve fuel consumption.

Safety[edit]

During a crash test in India, the Go received a zero rating from Global NCAP, prompting NCAP's chairman Max Mosley to request that the car be withdrawn from the market in a letter to Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn as it completely collapsed during the test.[13]

Sales[edit]

From its launch in 2014 up to May 2015, Datsun Go Panca and Datsun Go Panca Plus sold almost 30,000 units in Indonesia, 70 percent of it came from Datsun Go Panca Plus which 5 (panca) seaters plus 2 seaters for children. The best sales among South Africa, India and Russia.[14]

Award[edit]

In the 2016 Frost & Sullivan Automotive Awards, Datsun Go+ Panca got Indonesia Value-For-Money Car of the Year Award for its market share, product innovation and also marketing and business development strategies.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Datsun 2014 Go - First look: Datsun is Go!". GoAuto. 16 July 2013. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "New Datsun Car Is All Go". Top Gear Philippines. 2013-07-16. Retrieved 2013-07-18. 
  3. ^ "Nissan revives Datsun brand with Go hatchback". Automotive News. 2013-07-15. Retrieved 2013-07-18. 
  4. ^ Prithvi Radhakrishna. "Go is a Go - Datsun Go priced at Rs 3 lakhs 12 thousand". CarDekho.com. Retrieved 19 March 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "MPV Murah Datsun GO+ Buka Kelas Baru". September 17, 2013. 
  6. ^ CarDekho Team. "Datsun Go". CarDekho.com. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  7. ^ CarDekho Team. "Datsun Go T". CarDekho.com. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  8. ^ Datsun Indonesia. "Datsun Go". Datsun Indonesia. Retrieved 12 December 2014. 
  9. ^ Datsun Indonesia. "Datsun Go-plus". Datsun Indonesia. Retrieved 12 December 2014. 
  10. ^ "Datsun Go+ MPV launched; priced at Rs. 3.79 lakh". Legacy. 15 June 2014. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  11. ^ CarDekho Team. "Datsun Go+". CarDekho.com. Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  12. ^ "Datsun is Back! Meet the Datsun Go". Automoblog.net. Retrieved 2013-07-15. 
  13. ^ Confino, Jo (6 November 2014). "Nissan called on to withdraw dangerous car model from Indian market". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 
  14. ^ Praga Utama (May 14, 2015). "Datsun Hits Record High in RI in First Year". 
  15. ^ Choirul Arifin (January 30, 2016). "Datsun Go+ Panca, Mobil Paling 'Value For Money' Versi Frost & Sullivan". 

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