Datsun is all set to expand its global presence with resuming operations in Sri Lanka, where it was first introduced in 1957. This news comes just a few weeks after the legendary brand was brought back to Lebanon. The company would start its Sri Lankan operations with the sales of all-new Datsun redi-GO, which was launched in India in early June 2016. The car will be offered through the dealer network of Nissan’s long-time partner in Sri Lanka, Associated Motorways (Private) Ltd. (AMW).
"The return of Datsun to Sri Lanka is a key element of our expansion in fast-growing markets where there is growing demand for personal mobility," said Vincent Cobee, Global Head of Datsun. “Datsun's key values – Dream, Access and Trust - are designed to accommodate the needs and aspirations of up-and-coming customers who seek attractive styling, modern engineering, worry-free ownership, and an engaging driving experience. We are delighted to return to Sri Lanka with Datsun redi-GO to expand our offer in the largest vehicle market segment to a new generation of Sri Lankan customers who are ready for something new and exciting.” The redi-GO comes with best-in-class ground clearance of 185 mm.
The hatch has already become hit in the Indian market with over 10,000 bookings registered in no time. Datsun redi-GO sales are scheduled to begin in September in the Sri Lankan market, with pricing and vehicle grades information to be announced as the start of sales draws closer. The India-spec redi-GO is powered by the same 0.8L 3-cylinder petrol engine, which does duties to the highly successful Renault Kwid. It churns out 53bhp of top power and 72Nm of peak torque, while mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The hatch returns a promising mileage of 25.17kmpl, while touching the 100kmph mark from standstill in a best-in-segment time of 15.98 seconds.