Datsun Go

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Datsun Go
Datsun Go Launch New Delhi India July 15 2013 Picture by Bertel Schmitt 4.jpg
ManufacturerDatsun (Nissan)
Also calledDatsun Go (and Go+) Panca (Indonesia only, until 2018)
AssemblyChennai, India (Nissan)[1]
Purwakarta, Indonesia
DesignerKoichiro Okamoto
Koji Nagano
Kazuyuki Yamaguchi
Body and chassis
ClassCity car (Go)
Mini MPV (Go+)
Body style5-door hatchback (Go)
5-door MPV (Go+)
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
RelatedNissan Micra
Engine1198 cc (1.2 L) I3, EFI (Gasoline)
Transmission5-speed manual
XTronic CVT
Wheelbase2,450 mm (96.5 in)
Length3,785 mm (149.0 in) (Go)
3,995 mm (157.3 in) (Go+)
Width1,635 mm (64.4 in)
Height1,485 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]


Datsun Go[4] 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[5] features such as speed sensitive power steering, electric front window, central locking, mobile docking station and front speakers and full wheel covers.

In Indonesia,[6] PT Panca Datsun Nusantara marketed the hatchback as Datsun Go Panca hatchback since May 2014. As of 2015, it is available in 3 trims : T (Rp 95.000.000), T Option (Rp 99.000.000) and the stylish T Active (Rp 106.000.000). As the top model, Datsun Go T Active came with all equipment T and T Option has, plus : Aero Kits, Body Side Moulding, Silver Painted Cluster, Fin and Shift Base, JVC single-din head unit with FM radio and USB, and rear power windows.


2014 Datsun Go+

The Datsun Go+ is an MPV version and the twin model of the Datsun Go. In Indonesia, [7]Datsun Go+ Panca is marketed since May 2014 along with Datsun Go Panca hatchback. As of 2015, it is available in 4 trims : Basic D (Rp 85.250.000), A (Rp 92.800.000), T Option (Rp 100.300.000), and T Style (introduced in August 2014, Rp 104.000.000). Datsun Go A and Datsun Go 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), and JVC single-din head unit with FM radio and USB. Datsun Go T Style came with all equipment T Option has, plus rear power windows and body kits with silver ornament. 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). On August 6, 2014, Datsun Go T Style (higher than T Option, starting from Rp 102.000.000) and Datsun Go T Active (top of the line, starting from Rp 106.000.000) was introduced. [8]

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. 379,000 and the top-spec model is tagged at Rs. 461,000. 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.[9]

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. [10]


The Datsun Cross is an SUV version of the Go. In Indonesia, Datsun Cross was launched on 18 January 2018.


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 EFI which is also used in the Micra Active. This engine produces 68 hp (51 kW; 69 PS)[11] and 104 N⋅m (77 lbf⋅ft) of torque. The Go sacrifices performance in order to further improve fuel consumption.


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.[12]


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.[13]


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.[14]

Product line-up[edit]


In Indonesia, the Datsun Go is manufactured by PT Panca Datsun Nusantara and marketed by Indomobil Nissan Datsun, Indomobil Datsun and Datsun Exclusive. The variants of Datsun Go Indonesia are :

  • T Active (Top model)
  • T Style
  • T Option
  • A
  • D (basic)


In Pakistan, Gandhara Nissan is planning to manufacture and market the Datsun Go. The variants of Datsun Go in Pakistan have not been identified.[15]


  • T (Top model)
  • A
  • D (basic)


For the Datsun Go in Indonesian market, there are some aftermarket accessories including :

  • Side visor
  • Electric mirror
  • Fog lamps and LED lights
  • Leather seat
  • Upgraded audio system
  • Silver-painted cluster, fin and shift base
  • Wood panel


The facelifted Datsun Go and Datsun Go Plus with automatic transmission were launched in Indonesia on 7 May 2018. They shared the same dashboards as the Datsun Cross. Thus, the Datsun Go Panca nameplate was discontinued shortly after the launch of the facelifted version of Datsun Go.


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  7. ^ Datsun Indonesia. "Datsun Go-plus". Datsun Indonesia. Retrieved 12 December 2014.
  8. ^ "MPV Murah Datsun GO+ Buka Kelas Baru". 17 September 2013.
  9. ^ Chatterjee, Aditya (15 January 2015). "Datsun Go+ MPV launched; priced at Rs. 3.79 lakh". Car Trade. India. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
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  12. ^ Confino, Jo (6 November 2014). "Nissan called on to withdraw dangerous car model from Indian market". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
  13. ^ Praga Utama (14 May 2015). "Datsun Hits Record High in RI in First Year".
  14. ^ Choirul Arifin (30 January 2016). "Datsun Go+ Panca, Mobil Paling 'Value For Money' Versi Frost & Sullivan".
  15. ^ Bilal Memon (30 March 2018). "Pakistanis set to see 'smaller' car with Datsun launch".

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