Johannesburg - Datsun has been brought back to life after being swallowed up by Nissan in the early 1980s and the first car from the Japanese manufacturer, which operates as Nissan’s budget brand, went on sale in South Africa this week.
Aimed primarily at young, first-time car buyers, the GO five-door hatchback is being launched in two derivatives imported from India that both sell for under R100 000.
The low R89 500 price tag of the entry-level GO is an attention-grabber, and being part of the well-established Nissan family gives the car a shot of credibility in the cheapie hatch market.
For the price, you get a 1.2-litre petrol engine, a five-speed manual gearbox, and comfort knick-knacks including air conditioning and an onboard computer.
Spending R99 500 on the higher model gets you additional features like electronic power steering, manual central locking, front electric windows, full wheel caps, and an audio system comprising two speakers and a mobile docking station for a cellphone with an Aux-in function and a USB port for charging.