What is 'Datsun' ?
Datsun is a car brand owned by the Japanese auto major Nissan Motor Company. It's production run began in 1931. From 1958 to 1986, only vehicles exported by Nissan were identified as Datsun. In 1986, Nissan phased out the Datsun name but re-launched it in 2013 as a brand for low-cost vehicles manufactured for emerging markets. The Datsun Go will be the first car from the Japanese automaker’s stable since its closure. Before ceasing production, Datsun was sold in over 190 countries. It has been more than two decades since the Datsun name has been heard and the company really needs to work hard to build their brand image from scratch both in India and abroad.
Why to choose 'Go' and why is it better than the competition ?
• Powerful Engine (68 ps-1.2 litres)
• Trip Computer standard
• Best-in-Class Boot Space
• Decent on-road performance
Why hesitate to buy ‘Go?’
• Relatively unknown Brand
• Airbag and ABS are not available even as an option on top trim levels
• No power steering even on A (middle) variant
• Push-Pull type Hand brake feels flimsy and is fiddly to operate
What are the variants of 'GO' and what do they offer ?
• 'D' - Entry-level variant (INR 3.12 Lakhs)- Digital tachometer Drive computer that displays instantaneous fuel economy, Average fuel economy and distance to empty, Follow-me-home headlamps and speed sensitive wipers.
• 'D1' - Entry-level + variant (INR 3.15 Lakhs)- All features of the trim 'D' + some extra storage space
• 'A' - Mid-level variant (INR 3.46 Lakhs)- Air conditioner unit, Body coloured bumpers and Jacquard seat upholstery to the equation.
• 'T'- Top-of-the-line variant (INR 3.70 Lakhs)- Speed sensitive electric power steering, Front power windows, Mobile Docking Station (MDS) with amplifier, Universal mobile holder, Aux-in and USB charger, Front speakers, Central locking and Wheel covers.
What about service and maintenance costs ?
It is too early to tell, but the company promises that the cost will be quite competitive, since the car’s underpinnings are shared with the Micra. The company also claims that cost of spare parts will be the lowest, to help it battle established players like Maruti with its Alto 800 and Hyundai with its Eon.