RUMOUR HAS IT...

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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.

NOOSE TIGHT­ENS

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.

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