Datsun Go! Thoughts

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Just no...

Any motoring publication/site that vaguely recommends the Go in any shape or form should be ignored as being a paid for shill. That thing is still a death trap no matter how many air bags they throw into it.
MotorMatters guy likes it for what it is.

A few others as well. Main publications vote a no.
 

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Datsun pulls out of Indonesia as rumours of brand's demise return

Nissan has closed its factories in Indonesia, pulling its Datsun brand from that market and reigniting rumours the budget division will be killed off by 2022.

According to Autocar India, both the Karawang plant (which had built Nissan-badged vehicles) and the Purwakarta factory (which had produced Datsun models) have been closed. That leaves India and Russia as the two countries still producing Datsun vehicles.

While Nissan will continue to have a presence in Indonesia, the report says Datsun – which was revived in 2013 – will officially exit the country once stock levels have been depleted.

 

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Datsun Go CVT tested: It's come a long way, but is it worth the price?

Is it worth the money?

Although it still has a few rough edges, the Datsun Go has undergone enough improvements through the years to make it feel like a completely different car and in CVT format it’s surprisingly easy to live with.

But here’s the problem - the Datsun Go is no longer a cheap car, with the base model now setting you back R162 300 and the CVT range-topper retailing at R187 900. Consider that you can get a very nice Kia Picanto with an auto gearbox and touchscreen for R194 995.

Still, there’s a big part of me that wants to pat Datsun on back for all the improvements it has made to the Go, but the price increases seem to have outpaced the refinements. Pity that. At a lower price point the Go could have made good sense.


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Would rather get a Picanto or i10. And I don't even like Korean cars because they have as much personality as a lump of coal.
 

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Rumour returns: Datsun brand to be ‘phased out’, says new report

Yes, the rumour is back. Nissan reportedly plans to “phase out” its budget Datsun brand under a new three-year restructuring plan.

According to Bloomberg, the Japanese firm will confirm its broader plan towards the end of May 2020 when it announces its latest financial results.

An unidentified source “with knowledge of the measures” told the news agency Nissan would phase out its Datsun brand, close down another production line and slash its marketing and research budgets.

In March 2020, Nissan closed its factories in Indonesia, pulling its Datsun brand from that market and reigniting rumours the budget division would be killed off.

The latest report said Datsun would be “phased out” as Nissan turned its focus to main its markets of the United States, Japan and China.

“Nissan will announce a revised mid-term plan along with fiscal year 2019 financial results on May 28. We do not have any further comments on this subject,” Nissan spokesperson Azusa Momose told Bloomberg.

 

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Rumour returns: Datsun brand to be ‘phased out’, says new report

Yes, the rumour is back. Nissan reportedly plans to “phase out” its budget Datsun brand under a new three-year restructuring plan.

According to Bloomberg, the Japanese firm will confirm its broader plan towards the end of May 2020 when it announces its latest financial results.

An unidentified source “with knowledge of the measures” told the news agency Nissan would phase out its Datsun brand, close down another production line and slash its marketing and research budgets.

In March 2020, Nissan closed its factories in Indonesia, pulling its Datsun brand from that market and reigniting rumours the budget division would be killed off.

The latest report said Datsun would be “phased out” as Nissan turned its focus to main its markets of the United States, Japan and China.

“Nissan will announce a revised mid-term plan along with fiscal year 2019 financial results on May 28. We do not have any further comments on this subject,” Nissan spokesperson Azusa Momose told Bloomberg.

Nissan should have kept the Micra as the budget friendly & built like a brick $h1t houses car for the people like it was in the 80s and 90s in Europe. Have you guys actually looked at most Datsun go's that are about 3 years old? They are all literally just falling apart, their paint fades differently on every panel, the panel gaps are shocking, the rubbers are all loose around the doors and windows... Shameful.
 

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Nissan Is Killing Datsun Again - Jalopnik

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It’s not often that a car company gets to kill off a brand name twice. After retiring the Datsun name in 1986, it was brought back as Nissan’s brand for developing market cars in 2013.

Now, just seven years later, it appears Nissan is killing it again. Make up your mind, guys. Jeez.

According to Automotive News, Nissan, as part of a larger plan of $2.8 billion worth of cuts, will be killing off the Datsun marque.

Once it restructures, it should bring Datsun back so it can be cut next time Nissan needs to save money. That’s how business works, right?

Nissan chose to drop the Datsun name in favor of the Nissan corporate name in the 1980s; until that point, the Nissan name was for commercial vehicles.

But in 2013, Datsun was trotted back out as a low-cost brand that would be sold in Indonesia, South Africa, India, and Russia.

The initial new Datsun, the $7,000 Go, was unveiled in India, and a people mover Go+ and later a Go Cross crossover were released as well, and these cars were well-designed, affordable vehicles for their markets.

Nissan already closed the Datsun production line in Indonesia in late 2019, which was building Go and Go+ models.

Getting rid of the Datsun brand is apparently due to larger cost-cutting measures needed after the messes associated with the arrest of its CEO Carlos Ghosn in 2018, a lack of recent progress or direction, and an aging lineup of products.

Plus, since Nissan partners with Renault, which has a strong developing market strategy and lineup with brands like Dacia and impressive and very inexpensive cars for these markets like the Renault Kwid, maybe the Datsun brand was just deemed redundant.
Datsun is a name that still retains a lot of goodwill and history, especially here in America, where old Datsuns are remembered as fun, reliable cars, with icons like the Datsun 240Z and B210 still having strong followings.

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Maybe once Nissan finally gets its **** together it’ll give the name yet another chance, perhaps as an affordable performance/fun car division.

I mean, why not? It’s already come back and died off twice now.

 

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Nissan to phase out Datsun as part of R50bn restructure - report

Nissan is planning to cut about 300 billion yen (R51.8bn) in annual fixed costs as the coronavirus pandemic further depresses the carmaker’s sales, a person with knowledge of the measures said.

Those initiatives are likely part of a three-year plan that will be unveiled along with financial results on May 28, calling for Nissan to take more drastic measures to turn the manufacturer around, said the person, asking not to be identified. The Yokohama-based company will phase out the Datsun brand, shut down one production line in addition to the recently closed operation in Indonesia and reach the reduced spending target this year by cutting marketing, research and other costs, the person said.

Nissan has been in turmoil since the November 2018 arrest of former Chairman Carlos Ghosn, with an aging car lineup and management paralysis denting its outlook. The carmaker warned last month that it expects to post a loss for the latest fiscal year through March, as the pandemic shuttered showrooms in major markets and the economic fallout dented consumer demand for new cars.

The plans still need to be reviewed by Nissan’s board and may change, people privy to deliberations around the restructuring plan said. The scale of the restructuring charge is still being determined as well, they said.

Although Nissan is forecasting a 12 percent decline in sales for the just-ended fiscal year, the new mid-term plan calls for a return to revenue of 11.5 trillion yen within three years, with fixed costs kept at reduced levels, the person said.

 

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Datsun in South Africa: 'no plans at this stage' to exit local market

Nissan South Africa says there are “no plans at this stage” for its Datsun budget brand to exit the local market.

Speaking during a virtual roundtable event with media, Kabelo Rabotho, Nissan South Africa’s marketing director, said Datsun models would continue to be sold locally.

“The sale of Datsun in South Africa will continue. There are no plans at this stage to stop selling Datsun [models] in the local market,” Rabotho confirmed.

The news comes after a source “with knowledge of the measures” told Bloomberg in May 2020 that Nissan would phase out its Datsun brand. Two months prior, Nissan closed its factories in Indonesia, pulling its Datsun brand from that market and reigniting rumours the budget division would be killed off.

 

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Nissan should have kept the Micra as the budget friendly & built like a brick $h1t houses car for the people like it was in the 80s and 90s in Europe. Have you guys actually looked at most Datsun go's that are about 3 years old? They are all literally just falling apart, their paint fades differently on every panel, the panel gaps are shocking, the rubbers are all loose around the doors and windows... Shameful.

I have a 2016 Red datsun go lux with its next service at 55 000km driving on limpopo farm roads (sometimes un-maintained gravel roads too because I stay on a farm / bush) and what you are describing couldnt be any more further from the truth ?

my car is covered in dust on a permanent basis with a wash once a week, there are no torn rubbers, no ripped seats, showroom quality. mechanically it is fit as a fiddle. The only problem I have is that my boot board comes a tiny bit loose and rattles but that is from the excessive gravel road driving. An easy fix is to remove the board completely or sit with the tiny squeaky noise for 50km. Maybe perhaps aim your gun at the "types" of people who do not maintain their vehicles and stop looking at datsun go's on webuycars because most of those cars have been pulled through someones backside. I have done the same, until I went to a proper nissan dealer.

I stopped at spar last week, next to another red go from the same year and it was a danm shame to see the vehicle in such a state.

both back tyres worn
front left tyre worn
no left mirror
stains on the back seats

the same happens to any car that is handled by "those types" of people.

It is what it is.

the go is my main shopping car, I have a hilux 2018 single cab hi rider, and the long wheel base for business purposes. The hilux recently went for a body touch up due to excessive bundu driving.
 

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The Datsun cross is scheduled to release end next year if everything goes according to plan.
 

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Pricing! New Datsun Go Five marks half a decade back in South Africa.

Datsun South Africa has added a new special-edition model to its range, with the Go Five marking half a decade since the brand’s return to local roads.

Anyway, here's what we know. The special-edition variant is based on the entry-level Go Mid derivative but adds items such as a rear spoiler, a grille insert, body graphics and wheel covers with yellow accents.

Inside, the Five-badged budget hatchback gains yellow seat belts and model-specific seat covers (with yet more yellow accents). While the vehicle pictured here is finished in black exterior paint, Datsun SA says it also offers the limited-edition model in blue and silver.

So, how much will the newcomer cost you? Well, pricing is pegged at R178 830, which is some R4 630 more than the model on which it’s based (and R7 070 cheaper than the better-equipped Go Lux).


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Pricing! New Datsun Go Five marks half a decade back in South Africa.

Datsun South Africa has added a new special-edition model to its range, with the Go Five marking half a decade since the brand’s return to local roads.

Anyway, here's what we know. The special-edition variant is based on the entry-level Go Mid derivative but adds items such as a rear spoiler, a grille insert, body graphics and wheel covers with yellow accents.

Inside, the Five-badged budget hatchback gains yellow seat belts and model-specific seat covers (with yet more yellow accents). While the vehicle pictured here is finished in black exterior paint, Datsun SA says it also offers the limited-edition model in blue and silver.

So, how much will the newcomer cost you? Well, pricing is pegged at R178 830, which is some R4 630 more than the model on which it’s based (and R7 070 cheaper than the better-equipped Go Lux).


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way too much yellow
the yellow grill is a maybe from me
the yellow stripes are fine on the body

definitely a no for the wheel yellows wtf who designed this ?
 

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New 2020 Datsun Go Five proves that a pig in lipstick is still a pig - Times Live



It's been five years and a couple of months since the insipid and unsafe Datsun Go has been tempting uneducated first-time South African car buyers with the allure of cheap (although not so cheap anymore) mobility and touchscreen infotainment systems.

Scan the Datsun sales brochure and you'll be told how amazingly switched on this little hatchback is and how #connected you'll be zipping around the city in one with your Apple CarPlay/Android Auto syncing and your USB port charging.

What you won't be told is how poorly this car performs in the unfortunate event of an accident and that even updates made to it along the way (ABS and airbags) have done little to address the inherent instability of the Go's body-shell.

Indeed, after conducting a crash test in 2014 Global NCAP described the latter as "unstable."

Since then the loathsome Datsun Go continues to perform dismally in safety surveys and remains a car that any motoring scribe worth his or her salt would be wise not to recommend to readers - especially when something like an entry-level Volkswagen Up! (at R180,900) is now a mere R6,700 more expensive.

Yep, I wouldn't go (no pun intended) near one with your money and neither would my esteemed colleague Brenwin Naidu.

Anyway, I digress. The purpose of this article is to showcase the new limited-edition Datsun Go Five that's priced at R178,830.

Why five? Well like I said at the beginning it's been five and a bit years since Datsun returned to SA. Hooray.

And to celebrate they've dolled-up a Go Mid with a boot spoiler and some random yellow accents on the radiator grille, wheels and doors. You also get yellow seat-belts and anti-fatigue seats reminiscent of those padded "massaging" seat covers you can buy at Game.

Unfortunately much like smearing a racy shade of rouge across the snout of a swine, no amount of garish cosmetic tinsel can make up for this car's fundamental shortcomings.

The Datsun Go Five remains an unsafe and poorly built car that you'll do well to avoid.
 

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Datsun intros Go 1.2 Five with Special Deal

Datsun has been a fixture in the South African new-vehicle market for 5 years and, to mark the occasion, the budget-car brand has introduced a limited-edition, mid-range Go 1.2 Five derivative replete with racy-looking detailing. The firm is also offering the newcomer with a “Buy now, pay in 2021” payment-holiday deal…

The Japanese marque introduced an upgraded (especially in terms of safety spec) Go in Mzansi at the end of 2018 and, more recently, an automatic version of its Lux derivative, which we reviewed earlier this year. Now, in celebration of half a decade of #DriveLifeToTheFull, Datsun has expanded its budget-car range with the 1.2 Five derivative, which is available in Black, Blue or Silver exterior finishes.

The newcomer is instantly recognisable by virtue of its striped body graphics, with colour-matched accents on the grille and 14-inch wheel covers. Although its spec is closer to 1.2 Mid derivative, the 1.2 Five has LED running lights (as on the 1.2 Lux), as well as a sporty tailgate spoiler.

Inside, the 1.2 Five features a host of complementary yellow accents, including matching seatbelts. The derivative-specific upholstery incorporates honeycomb-pattern stitching as well as yellow stitching and piping to tie in with the ‘belts. It also appears that the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning control panel, which sits just below the Android Auto & Apple Car Play-compatible touchscreen infotainment system (that offers Google Maps, App Support and Voice Recognition, which is quite a luxury on a budget car) has an additional carbon-fibre-like finish.

The 1.2 Five costs R178 830, which includes a 6-year/150 000 km manufacturer warranty. Service intervals are every 1 year/15 000 km and service and maintenance plans are optionally available. Compare the newcomer with its 1.2 Mid and 1.2 Lux siblings in terms of price & spec.


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Datsun intros Go 1.2 Five with Special Deal

Datsun has been a fixture in the South African new-vehicle market for 5 years and, to mark the occasion, the budget-car brand has introduced a limited-edition, mid-range Go 1.2 Five derivative replete with racy-looking detailing. The firm is also offering the newcomer with a “Buy now, pay in 2021” payment-holiday deal…

The Japanese marque introduced an upgraded (especially in terms of safety spec) Go in Mzansi at the end of 2018 and, more recently, an automatic version of its Lux derivative, which we reviewed earlier this year. Now, in celebration of half a decade of #DriveLifeToTheFull, Datsun has expanded its budget-car range with the 1.2 Five derivative, which is available in Black, Blue or Silver exterior finishes.

The newcomer is instantly recognisable by virtue of its striped body graphics, with colour-matched accents on the grille and 14-inch wheel covers. Although its spec is closer to 1.2 Mid derivative, the 1.2 Five has LED running lights (as on the 1.2 Lux), as well as a sporty tailgate spoiler.

Inside, the 1.2 Five features a host of complementary yellow accents, including matching seatbelts. The derivative-specific upholstery incorporates honeycomb-pattern stitching as well as yellow stitching and piping to tie in with the ‘belts. It also appears that the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning control panel, which sits just below the Android Auto & Apple Car Play-compatible touchscreen infotainment system (that offers Google Maps, App Support and Voice Recognition, which is quite a luxury on a budget car) has an additional carbon-fibre-like finish.

The 1.2 Five costs R178 830, which includes a 6-year/150 000 km manufacturer warranty. Service intervals are every 1 year/15 000 km and service and maintenance plans are optionally available. Compare the newcomer with its 1.2 Mid and 1.2 Lux siblings in terms of price & spec.


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I hate it when they do this. Make the car look like sporty, but still has the same engine.
Same as the Etios Sport. It no faster than the base variant
 

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New 2020 Datsun Go Five proves that a pig in lipstick is still a pig - Times Live






I dont agree with this article at all. stating all datsun go owners are noobs...


what about the good ol fiat punto ? dont see anybody nit picking that thing to shreds and thats a premium Fiat product... also zero safety rating. for a premium product !

some people just dont want the hassles of buying used second hand premium cars and then a few months to a year down the line have to struggle to fix the thing. (warranty this and that and then warranty doesnt even cover it)

some people just want basic a to b transport with no fuss reliability.

The person who wrote this probably drives a more luxurious vehicle and will never be able to handle cheepies like the spark / go / swift / alto / qq3 (nee flip thats going too low) / Fiat uno

shame


anyways, yes the black go five special is stupid. We can all agree on that.
 
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