|Datsun Go/Go+ (AD0)|
|Designer||Koichiro Okamoto, Koji Nagano, and Kazuyuki Yamaguchi (pre-facelift, 2013) |
Yoshihisa Okuno and Inyeok Chung (Datsun Go T Active)
|Body and chassis|
|Platform||Nissan V platform|
|Related||Nissan Micra (K13)|
|Engine||1.2 L HR12DE I3 (petrol)|
|Power output||50–57 kW (67–76 hp; 68–77 PS)|
|Wheelbase||2,450 mm (96.5 in)|
|Successor||Nissan Magnite (Go/Cross, Indonesia)|
The Datsun Go is the first car released by the Japanese automaker Nissan under the Datsun brand since its revival in 2013. The brand was used for Nissan exports prior to its discontinuation in 1986. Named after the "Dat-Go", Datsun's first car launched in the early 20th century, 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. The Indonesian-market Go is officially succeeded by Nissan Magnite in early 2021 after Nissan ceased production of the Go in 2020.
On 20 March 2012, it was announced that Nissan would revive the Datsun marque as a low-cost car brand for use in Indonesia, South Africa, India, and Russia, and on 15 July 2013, nearly three decades after it was phased out, the name was formally resurrected. Nissan said the brand's reputation for value and reliability would help it gain market share in emerging markets. It has many features in common with the Micra, from which it has inherited much of its interior parts.
On 15 July 2013, Nissan unveiled the Datsun Go globally in Delhi, India, and planned to be on sale in India in early 2014. On 17 September 2013, Nissan unveiled both Datsun Go and Datsun Go+ in Jakarta, Indonesia and showcased both the cars in Indonesia International Motor Show 2013 and was planned to be on sale in mid-2014 under the Low Cost Green Car (LCGC) program.
The Go is powered by a 1.2-litre (1198 cc) straight-three engine EFI which is also used in the Micra. This engine produces 68 hp (51 kW; 69 PS) and 104 N⋅m (77 lbf⋅ft) of torque. The Go sacrifices performance in order to further improve fuel consumption.
In Indonesia, the Datsun Go+ (marketed as Datsun Go+ Panca) was launched in May 2014 under the LCGC program. It was available in 4 trims: basic D, A, T, T Option, and later T Style (introduced in August 2014). On August 6, 2014, Datsun Go T Style (higher than T Option) and Datsun Go T Active (top model, above T Style) was introduced.
In August 2014, the two-row Datsun Go (marketed as Datsun Go Panca) was launched in Indonesia following the Go+ Panca. As of 2015, it was available in 3 trims: T, T Option and the stylish T Active as Datsun's flagship product. Both T Style and T Active variants appeared with body kits as standard.
The Indonesian-market Datsun Go is equipped with 13-inch steel wheels with cover, multi-information display with digital tachometer, and hydraulic power steering as a standard equipment for all variants, especially the flagship T Active, and also available with electric mirrors and fog lamps. The T variant is also equipped with JVC single-DIN head unit with MP3, USB, and FM radio as standard equipment. As of May 2018, the facelifted Datsun Go is available in 4 trims: T CVT (top model with CVT automatic transmission), T (top model), A, and D (entry-level), plus one special edition T Ultimate. The facelifted Go has five spoke 14-inch alloy wheels to distinguish it with the pre-facelift Go.
The facelifted Datsun Go and Datsun Go+ with automatic transmission were launched in Indonesia on 7 May 2018. Both shared the same dashboard as the Datsun Cross. On 2 August 2018, Datsun Go Live special version was introduced. Later in 2019, the Go Live is equipped with Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) as seen in Datsun Cross.
Nissan launched Datsun Go+ in the Indian car market in 2015. At that time, Go+ was available in four trim levels. The company claims that the engine returns an impressive ARAI certified fuel economy of 20.62 km/l.
The Datsun Cross is the crossover-inspired variant of the Go+. It was launched in Indonesia on 18 January 2018 in two versions; the manual-transmission version and the automatic CVT version. After it received criticism for its low crash test rating in ASEAN NCAP and Global NCAP, Nissan equipped the Cross with dual airbags and Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), later available in Datsun Go Live.
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 was completely wrecked during the test.
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.
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 seaters plus 2 seaters for children. The best sales among South Africa, India and Russia.
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