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2013-07-16 10:39

'IT COULD BE A WINNER': Wheels24 reader BRIAN DRURY says that the new Datsun Go could be a success when it arrives South Africa. Image: Datsun

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2013-07-15 13:47

Datsun sparks its revival with the unveiling of its SA-bound hatchback in India - meet the Go!

BRIAN DRURY

Wheels24 reported Earlier in 2013 that Datsun would make a comeback in South Africa with a model due in 2014. Now the automaker has revealed the car at a presentation - Meet the Datsun Go.

The five-door, front-wheel drive hatchback will be powered by a 1.2 petrol engine paired with a five-speed manual. The hatchback 1.6m wide, 1.4m tall and 3.7m long with a long wheelbase of 2.4m.

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Nissan SA said: “We are still planning to bring the vehicle to market below R100 000 and to launch in the third quarter of 2014.”

The company hopes that reviving the brand will fuel growth in emerging markets with a new generation of car buyers.

'WE MAY HAVE A WINNER'

Wheels24 reader BRIAN DRURY shares his thoughts on the new model:

The Datsun Go looks plain but not unattractive. It reminds me of the Ford Figo, an economical import that does not quite have the modern styling of its sister, but is quite attractive in its own functional and practical way. It also beats it in terms of price. 

The Datsun Go looks like it will fill a similar gap – a quality built low priced alternative, to make a good economical first car and also a practical choice for a "last" family car. 

I think it could be a winner. If the motor isn't a dated, sluggish, and uneconomical left-over (think Toyota Etios, Renault Sandero), we may have a winner here.

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