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in the pursuit of offering budget price tags at the bottom end of the market, has been characterised by dismal safety.
The Go was launched in SA in 2014 at a starting price of R89,500, but received zero stars in a crash test conducted by Global NCAP’s Indian division. A driver’s airbag was later added, but this only raised the car’s rating to one star, out of a possible five in a follow-up crash test as its bodyshell was rated as unstable.
Despite this the car’s affordability has made it a popular seller amongst cashstrapped South African motorists, and since launch the range has grown to include the larger Go+ and Go+ panelvan.
Datsun marketing director Kabelo Rabotho says the external and internal styling changes will be significant, with redesigned grille, headlights and grille, and newlook bumpers. Inside will be a new instrument panel and a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple Carplay and Android Auto capability, and voice control.
A suspension revamp and added insulation is expected to improve driving refinement, while the engine is likely to remain the three-cylinder 1.2l unit with outputs of 50kW and 104Nm. The upgrades are likely to raise Datsun Go price tags, which start at R138,900.
Germany’s environment ministry will try to overcome resistance from car makers to fitting older diesel cars with expensive new exhaust filtering systems as politicians and car makers scramble to avoid outright bans on vehicles.
German manufacturers and politicians were forced to hash out a compromise deal to cut pollution last week after environmental groups won a key victory in February which allowed cities to ban older diesel cars.
Car makers are scrambling to avert bans while seeking to avoid costly re-engineering of old diesel cars as a way to cut
Greenpeace environmental activists protest in favour of banning diesel cars, in Leipzig, Germany. The placards read: ‘Health risk’.
The revamped Datsun Go will get improved safety and refinement.