By: Jason Woosey
Rosslyn - Datsun has revealed its Go hatchback to South African media ahead of its local launch, which is scheduled for the fourth quarter of this year, and the new hatch is aiming to be a prime contender in the automotive bargain box.
So how exactly does the resurrected brand, now serving as a budget division of Nissan, plan to rise above the rest? For starters, there's an expected price tag of under R100 000 for a relatively roomy five-seat hatchback that shares its 2450mm wheelbase with the Nissan Micra.
The bigger question, though, is: how much ‘car’ will consumers be getting for that money?
The base model in India, where the Go is built, costs the equivalent of R56 540 but it is rather stark and lacks even the very basics such as painted bumpers, central locking, power steering, air conditioning, ABS and airbags. Sadly, even the range-topper lacks these two essential safety items.