With Nissan Micra is one of the most exported cars by the brand and now, Nissan has expanded its export programme to South African market by introducing the Datsun GO+ MPV. The sales of the Datsun GO+ began on August 31, 2016 in South Africa and it is produced at the Renault-Nissan Alliance facility in Oragadam near Chennai and further enhancing its position, as a major contributor to Make in India.
On successfully expanding the export market, Mr Guillaume Sicard, President, Nissan India Operations, said: “We are delighted to see the Datsun GO+, manufactured with pride at the Renault-Alliance plant in Chennai, introduced for sale in South Africa. Following on the success of the India-built Datsun GO’s launch into the small car segment in South Africa, the GO+ is another example of our Make in India models’ making a mark in overseas markets. Our exports continue to help Nissan build its presence in India and grow the local economy.”
The operation began at the plant in 2010 and since then Nissan has exported over 620,000 units of product overseas. Currently, the Chennai plant facilitates vehicles to 106 countries worldwide with models including Datsun GO, GO+, redi-GO and Nissan Sunny, among others. The facility produces up to 480,000 units every year.
Mechanically, the Datsun GO+ MPV is powered by a 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder petrol engine same as seen in the Nissan Micra. The power unit comes connected to a 5-Speed manual transmission that drives the front axle and produces 67bhp of maximum power and a peak torque of 104Nm.
Recently, the company commence the export of redi-GO cars in Nepal in July, when launched. Followed by the Datsun’s return to the market in Sri Lanka in the month of August.