Datsun has launched the new GO, and it’s aimed squarely at the youth market.
The Datsun Go shot to fame when it was first launched in South Africa mainly because of the negative press it received. But as they say “all publicity is good publicity” because the GO has remained with us and features prominently in the monthly new car sales charts.
However, the new model is a far cry from the debut car that was heavily criticised for lacking safety features like ABS braking and airbags. The 2019 Datsun GO comes standard with ABS and dual front airbags. Datsun also ditched the mobile phone dock and replaced it with a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as Bluetooth and USB connectivity – a prerequisite if you want to attract younger buyers.
Electric side mirrors, reverse parking sensors, central locking and an immobiliser are now standard equipment in the GO and GO+, while the LUX grade gets daytime running lights, a rear wiper with washer and body colour door handles.
Completing the look is a set of stylish 14” wheels that really suit the Datsun.
Powering the Datsun GO is a 50kW naturally aspirated 1.2-litre petrol engine that’s paired with a 5-speed manual transmission. Pricing for the new Datsun GO starts at R144 500, and includes a 3-year/100,000km warranty. While a service plan is optional, Datsun does thrown in free insurance cover for one year.