Rarely has a car had so much criticism heaped upon it as the Datsun GO when it was first launched in South Africa – heavily castigated for the fact it lacked both air bags and anti-lock brakes. Then, it did not fare at all well in the first round of the Global NCAP crash tests for South African models.
The new car has just been launched and addresses all of those issues and standard specification includes coloured power side mirrors, reverse parking sensors, intermittent wipers, central locking, an immobiliser, anti-lock braking, driver and passenger air bags and retractable seatbelts while the LUX grade benefits from daytime running lights, a rear wiper with washer and body colour door handles.
Despite the fingers pointed at it by the motoring media, the GO has sold well since its introduction in 2014 and understandably so. For private buyers in a failing economy, price overshadowed all other shortcomings and now, even with the upgrades, it remains extremely well priced.
“Our new Datsun GO and GO+ represent a new experience for consumers. With its fresh looks, modern features and advanced technologies, the new Datsun vehicles are made for progressive, ambitious customers with a sense of style,” says Nissan SA Marketing Director, Kabelo Rabotho.
The new Datsun GO and GO+ feature exterior and interior upgrades that give the vehicle a sporty appearance. They now have redesigned front grille and bumpers (front and rear) and 14-inch wheels.
The New GO and GO+ models are powered by a 1,2-litre petrol engine that produces 50 kW at 5 000 r/min and 104 Nm at 4 000 r/min paired with a 5-speed manual transmission.
Inside, the new GO and GO+ have Android Auto and Apple Car Play connectivity (as standard during the launch period), Bluetooth and USB, a glove box lid, front and rear power windows, electric power steering, electrically adjustable mirrors and redesigned individual seats for the driver and front passenger. The LUX grade GO models have an independent tachometer and a silver finish on the air-conditioner dial, vent and door handles.
The GO is a spacious 5-seater hatchback and the GO+ is a versatile 7-seater, which is also offered as a panel van.
Another key feature in this segment are Follow-Me-Home headlights that stay illuminated after you exit the car to provide much-needed light as you walk to your door. The timing can be set in intervals of 30 seconds to give you as much time as you might need.
The reverse parking sensors in both models feature an audible beeping warning that activates when reverse gear is engaged. This feature will give the driver confidence and improved manoeuvrability when reversing.
The suspension system, which features a double-pivot front arm enables greater agility while the tension from rough roads is absorbed by a high-response damper.
The front ventilated brake discs provide more consistent and effective braking and can extend brake-pad life by up to an impressive 27%. These discs, which are 22 mm thick, also require less pedal effort to stop in normal city driving conditions.
The speed-sensitive electric steering calculates the amount of steering assistance required based on vehicle speed and steering behaviour to offer light steering effort at low speed, and firm steering effort at high speed.
The Datsun GO has a class-leading turning circle of just 4,6 metres, which is perfect for city driving.
The Datsun GO and GO+ models come with a standard 3-year/100 000 km warranty and an optional service plan. In addition, consumers will receive one-year insurance with the purchase of a GO or GO+.
Datsun GO Mid Spec: R144 500
Datsun GO Lux Spec: R165 500
Datsun GO+ 7-seater Mid: R154 200
Datsun GO+ 7-seater Lux: R175 900
Datsun GO+ Panel Van: R155 200