Datsun Go Review
Dream.Access.TrustWednesday, March 19, 2014
On July 15, 2013, the first Datsun car that will be available for the customers, Datsun Go was unveiled in Gurgaon by Renault-Nissan alliance President, Carlos Ghosn at 6:30 GMT and was launched on March 19, 2014 in India. The car is a five door hatchback, codenamed K2 with a fresh, bold and distinctive look. The GO will be focused on getting 10 percent of the Indian passenger market by 2016-17 and will also play an important role in Nissan Power 88 mid-term plan. It is available in four beautiful external shades at an ex-showroom, Delhi price of INR 3.12lakhs for the base variant and is sure to give a healthy competition to Maruti Suzuki WagonR and Hyundai Eon. It is manufactured in India at Renault-Nissan's Chennai production facility. There are also present some rumours which suggests that Nissan will discontinue Micra Active after the launch of Datsun GO. Let's check out this fresh piece of engineering in detail.
- Nissan launched the ‘Datsun’ brand in India on 15th July, 2013
- Datsun is the third Nissan Motor Company’s Brand
- Datsun stands for Dream Access and Trust (D.A.T)
- Datsun unveiled their 1st car in New Delhi, India
- Datsun GO is the first Datsun car for 21st Century
- Based on the platform of Nissan Micra
- It has been locally developed in India
- It will be manufactured in India
- Launched in India on 19th March, 2014
- Will also be launched in Indonesia, Russia and South Africa
- Powered by same engine which powers the Nissan Micra
- 1.2-litre petrol engine generates maximum power of 68 bhp with maximum torque of 104 nm
- The base variant of Datsun GO is priced at Rs. 3.12 lakh
- Available in three variants: D, A and T.
The exterior of Datsun GO is stylishly designed with a chrome surrounded hexagonal honeycomb front grille, bold and curvy front fenders, bright and stylish halogen reflector headlights with clear lens indicators and Follow me Home lamps, body colored front bumper with faux air ducts, a speed-sensitive single wiper front windshield, black ORVMs, body colored outside door handles, sporty roofline, 13-inch steel wheels with tubeless radial tires(14-inch steel wheels for the top trim), tailgate with centrally mounted company's emblem, rear glass with brake light and blacked-out panels and elegantly protruding out tail lamps. This beautiful hatchback has a length of 3785mm, width of 1635mm and height of 1485mm as its dimension and has a large wheelbase of 2450mm for a stable ride along with a fuel tank capacity of 35liters. It has a good ground clearance of 170mm for a bump-free journey and a minimum ground clearance of 4.6m for easy cruising in city traffic and in tight parking slots.
The interior of this hatchback is also very spacious and comfortable with dual toned beige shades, front and rear bench seats, rear seat belts, silvered over dash buttons, a mobile docking system for your smartphone, big parcel shelf under the dash and full sized bottles in door pads for storage space, door handles and air con vents from Micra, power steering, front power windows, a powerful AC, cleverly arranged gear lever and handbrake on the dashboard to free up a lot of space between the front seats, advanced instrument console with speedometer and digital tachometer along with a small screen for instantaneous and average fuel economy figures, a fuel gauge, distance to empty and a trip computer, large boot space of 265liters with great legroom for all the five passengers and more space can be made by folding the rear seats.
Datsun GO's top model comes equipped with a factory-fitted dash-integrated music system to keep you fully entertained on your journey. It also features a smartphone holder to connect your mobile phone to the music system.
The dashboard is quite interesting. What you get is a dash-mounted gear box which is very comfortable to use. What you don’t get is a glove box; yes there is no glove box in the Datsun GO. Instead you have a deep storage area on the left of the centre console to keep your stuff. There is also a shallow storage area on the left side of the AC vents. The placement of gearbox on the dash has cleared the space in centre and Datsun has placed a cushioned seat which can be used by kids. The steering wheel is very simple yet stylish which huge Datsun logo in centre.
Engine and Gearbox
Datsun Go has got a 1198cc, 1.2L, 3-cylinders, 12-valves, Electronic Gasoline Injection, DOHC based petrol engine with a maximum power of 68 bhp at 5,000 rpm and a maximum torque of 104 Nm at 4,000 rpm and is mated with a five speed manual gearbox transmission to give a top speed of over 160 kmph and takes only 13.3 seconds to reach 0-100kmph.
It is powered by the same engine which powers the Nissan Micra. It is a very reliable and fuel-efficient engine. The expected mileage of Datsun GO is 18-20 kmpl on the highways and 12-15 kmpl in city. The company claimed mileage of GO is 20.6 kmpl under standard driving conditions.
Suspension and Brakes
Datsun Go has got ventilated disk brakes at front and drum brakes at rear with a sound suspension system which includes MacPherson strut at front and torsion beam at rear. For the safety of its passengers, it includes follow me home headlamps, speed-sensitive wiper, robust design, central door locking, front and side impact beams and many more.
Variants and Price
Datsun Go is available in three variants which includes Petrol D, Petrol A and Petrol T in four beautiful shades consisting of silver, white, blue and red at the ex-showroom, Delhi prices of INR 3.12lakhs for Petrol D, INR 3.46lakhs for Petrol A and INR 3.70lakhs for Petrol T. There is also present a warranty of 2 years/unlimited mileage which also includes 2 labour free services at 5,000km intervals.
Datsun GO is available in four shades: Red, Silver, White and Blue.
Overall, Datsun GO seems like a perfect blend of luxury, space, power, fuel economy, comfort and price and the only thing that may get in its way is to gain the trust of Indian customers who chooses very carefully.
Datsun is an automobile brand of Japan that once was one of the biggest manufacturers of cars and light trucks. Its name was created in 1931 for a new model of car by DAT Motorcar Co. spelled as 'Datson'. While many people says otherwise, but originally, before the Datsun brand name was not even came to the ears of local folk, a DAT car was built by Kaishinsha Motorcar Works in the Azabu-Hiroo district of Tokyo, Japan in 1914. DAT was an acronym of this company's partner's surnames, D from Kenjiro 'D'en, A from Rokuro 'A'oyama and T from Meitaro 'T'akeuchi. While the originator of this company was the founder of Japanese Automobile Industry, Masujiro Hashimoto and he started Kaishinsha Motorcar Works in 1911. It was renamed as Kaishinsha Motorcar Co. in 1918 and to DAT Motorcar Co. in 1925. In starting, they only made military trucks.
In 1920, after the end of World War I, the military market goes extremely slow and the company thought about merging with another industry. Thus in 1926, it is merged with the Osaka based Jitsuyo Jidosha Co. Ltd.(or Jitsuyo Motors) and became DAT Automobile Manufacturing Co. Ltd. until 1932 in Osaka. In 1930, because of a new bill by Japanese government, they began developing 495cc cars (smaller than earlier cars), thus got the name DATSON (means Son of DAT). In the summer of 1931, they made their first DATSON and sold almost 10 Datson Type 10 by the end of 1931. In 1932 this car was renamed as DATSON Type 11 and was sold to 150 customers. In 1933, when government allows 750cc engines, DATSON increases its engine too and was called a Type 12. In 1934, Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. took control of DAT Motorcar Co. and its last syllable was changed from SON (Loss) to SUN in the honour of the existence of sun in national flag of Japan.
By 1935, they made some extremely beautiful looking cars almost resembling Austin 7 and exported almost six of these to New Zealand in 1936. After the fierce battle with China, they much halted work of manufacturing cars started again and now they based their cars mostly on Devon and Somerset. But in 1955, they introduced their first ever indigenous cars, 110 saloon and 110 based 120 pickup. Nissan entered in American market with the name of Datsun. They produced some all-time favourites cars of that time such as 510, Fairlady roadsters, Fairlady 240Z coupes etc. But by March 1983, Nissan phased out the Datsun name from its cars due to increasing competition in world market and made their move towards dominion with the name of Nissan only. On March 20, 2012 Nissan announced to again manufacture the Datsun for selling in India, Indonesia, Russia and South Africa by 2014. The platform and engineering for Datsun cars now will be provided by a Renault-Nissan alliance controlled firm, AvtoVAZ and these cars will be based on Lada Kalina and Lada Granta.
The corporate vice president and global head of the Datsun Business Unit, Vincent Cobee found stated that they wanted this brand to once again resonates with the customers of high-growth markets who wants style, quality, durability, reliability, authenticity, an accessible price and a legitimate driving experience and will make a connection that created wonders for the company years ago. On January 30, 2013, Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. announced TBWA Worldwide as the global agency of record for the Datsun brand which will set up a dedicated and imaginative Datsun team to run strategic and creative operations from London. The Datsun team in Japan will be supported operationally by TBWA Worldwide's Tokyo affiliate, TBWA HAKUHODO. TBWA Worlwide's President and CEO, Tom Carell stated that it will be an honour to again attract these rising markets towards such an iconic brand and will work hard to bring this heritage forward.