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March 19th launch for Datsun's GO

Snapshot: Datsun, a part of Nissan India is preparing for the global launch of its new car in the hatchback segment in India

Datsun’s keenly awaited GO will be launched on March 19th. The company confirmed that the launch will be in Delhi, but at the time of writing this pricing etc. still remains unclear, though the company is sticking to its sub-4 lakh claim. Deliveries will start shortly after, though details are sketchy. Autoportal has thoroughly tested the GO recently and found it to be a car which can not only take on the lower but upper cars as well in the hatchback category.

The GO essentially uses the same 1.2-litre three cylinder pot that does duty in the Nissan Micra Active. A combination of a light engine with a lightweight body means that apart from straight-line performance, fuel economy figures are also very good and as per Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), the ‘Go’ gives around 20.6 kmpl, which is the best in its segment. Braking is conventional, with a ventilated disc in the front and drums at the rear. Stopping distances were good and braking performance is strong, though no passive safety measures like anti-lock braking system (ABS) or its derivatives are present. Airbags are not even an option on the car.

The Datsun ‘Go’ is a vehicle that was built for India, rather than adapted to Indian conditions. Currently, its value propositioning looks great and it is a great vehicle to drive as well. What would be crucial to the market is its pricing and this is where Datsun will have to get its figures right. The company is talking about a sub 4-lakh rupees price for the car, and if it makes a base version available below Rs. 3.25 lakh, it will have its day made.

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