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350Z 10th March 2014 02:48 AM

Datsun Go Review & Pictures: Go Datsun Go
 

When was the last time you heard about an all-new automobile maker coming to retail cars globally at a large scale? In the recent times when existing manufacturers are busy enough developing new cars and thereafter struggling to sell them, the Japanese giant, Nissan Motor Corporation, has taken a brave step ahead to set a revolutionary example in the automotive industry by resurrecting an ancient brand called ‘Datsun’. For most Indians, Datsun would be an unknown name that was unheard of but little do we know about the grand legacy that it boasts. This is the very brand which is responsible for the success that Nissan holds today.

Founded in 1911, Masujiro Hashimoto’s name was going to be remembered for centuries to come due to Kwaishinsha Motorcar Works, a corporation that has now emerged as one the largest automobile manufacturers in the world under disguise of Nissan. It rolled out first car in 1914 christened as DAT, an acronym of the surname of company’s share holders: Kenjiro Den, Rokuro Aoyama and Meitaro Takeuchi. True DAT car was born as an outcome of the vision aimed to facilitate people with personal mobility not only in Japan but worldwide. This little DAT used to run with a miniscule two cylinders and ten horsepower engine.

Soon after, merger of Kwaishinsha with Jitsuyo Jidosha Motors formed a corporation called DAT Automobile Manufacturing which went on to materialize its dream of producing a new compact vehicle. This new DAT car of 1931 was known as ‘DATSON’. Literally translating into ‘Son’ of ‘DAT’. ‘Son’ was shortly replaced by ‘sun’ since word ‘son’ means loss in Japanese. Nissan started selling cars under Datsun name in American market to cash in its well-established image, resulting in dawn of some of the most epic cars of century such as Fairlady Z series. Eventually, the ever-strengthening image of Datsun posed a major threat to Nissan brand itself due to which the management decided to close the chapter of Datsun altogether in 1986 worldwide.

Someone rightly said, the legends never die. Datsun might have gone out of production for nearly three decades but its fan following has only continued to rise. Being sixth largest automaker on planet earth, Nissan has also achieved the success that it anticipated. There certainly couldn’t have been a better time for Nissan to regain its talisman. Exactly 100 years later, history will repeat itself as Nissan officially announces the launch of Go, the first Datsun of 21st century, this March (same month in which first ever ‘DAT’ car was released in 1914). Following its heritage, Datsun will continue to be a low-cost arm of Nissan Motors and aims to target growing markets by offering affordable as well as durable products to first time car buyers. However, situation has significantly changed since then and conquering sales chart is not going to be a cakewalk anymore. Nissan has two challenges to look into the moment Datsun hits the dealerships. First, establishing the brand itself in India. Second, marketing their car. This leaves us with one major question. Can modern day Datsun prove to be a game changer in the segment currently synonymous to its Asian counterparts?

Related Links:

> Datsun: Auto Expo 2014 Coverage

> Datsun Strikes Back With ‘Go’ Hatchback

> Coverage: The Making of Datsun Go. First Ever Datsun Rolls Out in India

350Z 10th March 2014 02:50 AM

Datsun Go: Brand Heritage
 
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> 1914: First DAT car rolls out, manufactured by Kwaishinsha Motorcar Works.

> 1933: Datsun 12 launched after merger of Kwaishinsha Motorcar Works with Jidosha Seizo (Later renamed as Nissan).

> 1935: Datsun 14 releases, making Yokohama Plant Japan’s first mass-production automobile manufacturing facility.

> 1955: Datsun 110 debuted. It was first all-new passenger car since 1945. Later followed by launch of its successor, 112.

> 1959: Bluebird 310 debuted, a newly designed passenger car, shifting focus from fleets to private car owners.

> 1957: Datsun 1000 (model 210), a new car model featuring technologies adopted from Austin based 110 goes on sale.

> 1958: Datsun 210, Fuji-Go and Sakura-Go won 1st and 4th prize respectively in Australian rally. The world’s toughest car rally back then.

> 1960s: The Company entered in various global markets. U.S (1958), Canada, Europe, Taiwan, Thailand, South Africa, Australia to name a few.

> 1986: Nissan decides to discontinue the Datsun brand since it was beginning to pose a major threat to the identity of Nissan itself.

> 2013: Nissan Motor Corporation announces the resurrection of ‘Datsun’ brand on July 15th for growing markets at a major press conference in New Delhi.

> 2013: The Company showcases its new MPV, Go+ and announces the roadmap for the Indian as well as Indonesian markets.

> 2014: Nissan Motor Corp. creates history as it rolls out the 21st century Datsun on Feb 4th from Renault-Nissan alliance plant at Oragadam, India.

> 2014: New Datsun brand makes its first public appearance amidst all glitz and glamour at 12th Auto Expo in India and also unveils all-new Redi-Go concept.

350Z 10th March 2014 02:51 AM

Datsun Go: Looks and Design
 

In a market which is accustomed of cars from Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai, Go certainly comes as a breath of fresh air. Even though it is based on the Nissan V Platform, fact is quite apparent that Datsun has ensured its resemblance remains nowhere close to Micra. Dimension wise, this car measures up smaller than Micra but is relatively larger than chief rivals, Alto 800 and Eon, which will be one of the major USPs of Go. Eon anyhow receives a negligible advantage of 1500 MM height opposed to Go’s 1485 MM on papers. At first glance, Go is unmistakably distinguished amidst traffic, thanks to vibrant colors on offer as well as the new brand name.

The first day of media drive invited attention of several on-goers in Hyderabad. While some couldn’t resist turning back, others went ahead to grab a sneak peek of interiors during the car’s photo shoot and we obliged. A young dude came forward to ask “Imported. Eh?” Then a bunch of folks on other side exclaimed “Where’s handbrake lever!” These are only some of the amusing queries that were thrown into our way as a challenge to answer. There is no doubt that for the segment it’s pitched in, Go surprisingly turns out to be more proportionate and bigger with a minimalistic yet decent design which can age well.

An important design facet that still makes Datsun of 21st century closely linked to its predecessor (Read Datsun 12 Phaeton) are sharp hood lines that take a V formation and end up merging into the modern “D-Cut” front grille that in itself has a logic behind its drawing. The radiator grille is a combination of two horizontal bars and strong D shaped vertical lines, depicting the shape of hands to express brand’s spirit. Muscular bumper further houses an air dam beneath and is crafted on each side such that it endows with an impression of integrated skirts. Fog lamp slots are, however, vacant even on the top-end version but fog lamps are included as a part of official aftermarket fitment.


A simple glimpse of headlight indicates that team of designers could not resist embracing a touch of modern day Nissans in the Go with razor sharp style design that neatly curves towards the fender. Moreover, wheel arches intentionally have been pronounced to grant a bold look to an otherwise small car. Side view is as much radical with a strong shoulder line flowing right from the headlamp and meeting the edge of tail lamp. Multiple feature lines underneath, one stretching from the fenders while the other at bottom end ensure to prevent a bland look to overall design. Both, front and rear windows are sizeable to offer a sense of enough roominess on the inside. It’s noteworthy that there’s no quarter glass, instead the area features a rear cheater panel to balance the design.

Though what sticks out as sore thumb are the set of undersized tyres and flap type door handles that do not feel sturdy to operate. Go’s rear design is more or less based on same idea as the front design is. Aggressive tail lamps stylishly bend towards the C-Pillar forming slight haunches presenting an aesthetic appeal. Likewise, outlines from the wide raked rear windshield smoothly meet at middle accentuating the Datsun logo. There are absolutely no unwanted stickers or badges (of course, apart from car’s name), not even the variant’s name, keeping the rear end in line with rest of the minimalistic design. Similar to the trend in most of the latest cars, reverse lamp is equipped only on left hand side tail lamp. You'll find a tiny exhaust pipe peeking outside, under the nicely carved bumper, which has a tendency to go paranoid when the car is idle. The manner in which it vibrates looks awful (scroll down to videos section for more). Datsun could have well avoided it by slightly curving the tailpipe and hiding it from the view altogether.

Nevertheless, it is an undisputed fact that Go has an endless potential to be customized as per one’s liking due to its modification friendly design. Although it might take a while for Datsun Go specific aftermarket accessories to flood the local stores but those who are unwilling to wait and prefer rather more ‘enthusiastic’ looks will have an option to choose a plethora of official accessories for their car, ranging from alloy wheels, roof rails, spoilers, body side graphics, chrome bezels to dedicated head unit with speakers, parcel tray, rear camera, GPS navigation system etc.

350Z 10th March 2014 02:51 AM

Datsun Go: Interiors and Comfort
 

Thanks to certain unconventional bits, the interiors of Datsun Go are bound to leave someone in amazement at initial look. This car is unarguably the most spacious in segment and continues to retain a modest layout like its exteriors. What helps making them appear more pleasing to the eyes is a combination of light grey and beige color throughout. Plastic quality levels are although upto acceptable standards assuming a low price but several blatant cost cutting attempts are likely to be a main turn off for many buyers. Take the lidless glovebox for example, which means there’s not a single concealed storage bin inside the car. On top of that, for obvious safety reasons, ownership manual does not recommend storing items in it when car is in motion that virtually makes the glovebox useless if rulebook is to be followed.

Yet another cost effective but innovative aspect is mobile docking station which Go comes equipped with as standard fitment. It cleverly aims to utilize the power of user’s Smartphone in place of a traditional head unit. So here’s how it works. Fasten your device in the flexible mobile holder which can accommodate a Smartphone of any size. Now link it with the auxiliary cable, turn on the car’s speakers through ‘Power on’ button located right next to volume rotary knob on center console. That’s it. You can play FM; get going with favorite songs from mobile’s playlist or simply turn on the GPS to listen loud instructions. If your phone runs out of battery, USB charging port on the car comes to immediate rescue. Note that this is a charge-only port and cannot be used to transfer information on the in-car entertainment memory because one doesn’t exist at first place.

I had an interesting discussion regarding this innovative idea with one of the Datsun officials who revealed that the recent research has proved that vast majority of people in India today own a Smartphone (due to homegrown tech manufacturers) even in the sub-urban or semi-rural locations. This makes enough sense to introduce such facility in car keeping in mind the audience it's targeted. The existing setup can be easily swapped with an actual head unit in case someone is keen to have it. Presently, the company is offering Pioneer and Sony setup in official range of accessories. But since there is no provision of antenna on the car, how FM will function is a question that still puzzles me.


Speaking further about cost-cutting, the outside rear view mirrors miss internal adjustment across all variants. This becomes more of a concern when it’s raining cats and dogs. Adding to misery, driver’s side door panel has only one power window button which seems to be a last-minute decision since initial official images of the car depicted two. However, on the brighter side, Go has a basic but highly thoughtful instrument cluster. All it appears to have is a speedometer dial and digital MID screen but hold on, there’s much more to it. The blue ring surrounded legible speedometer has smart markings informing the driver when to up shift the gears for an optimal driving. On the other hand, orange backlit multi information display screen features a unique digital tachometer with remaining fuel level and average mileage shown beside it. You can also switch to other modes including distance to empty, odometer and trip meter through a tiny stick on the cluster. Though it’s worth pointing out that there is no engine temperature module.

The front joined seats on Datsun Go are first of their kind among modern cars in India. They might remind a few people of good ol’ Padminis but I would be lying to myself if I do not admit that they are indeed practical and reasonably comfortable. Datsun has clarified and is constantly stressing upon the fact that front seats are not designed with an intention to accommodate more passengers, but only to offer simple utility in day to day usage. Such as getting into the driver’s seat from other side when the car is parked closely to other vehicles, or to keep a handbag which otherwise usually has to find a place on the footwell. Because there is no area for floor mounted gear shift, the same has been moved upward to align with the dashboard (as in the Hyundai i10). Apart from the concept of combined seats from 80’s, Indian youth would also need to get accustomed with an unconventional hand brake lever that requires to be lifted to apply parking brakes and twisted to release them.

Front passenger seat is wider that naturally means it feels roomier and more comfortable. Jump on to the back seat and there’s a respectable amount of space for two full-size adults. I have mentioned it earlier and wouldn’t mind repeating, Go has abundant space for a car of this class. There’s an excellent legroom if front seat is fully forward, ideal for new buyers who prefer to be chauffeur driven in their car. Legroom remains decent even in regular situations when all the seats are occupied. The rear bench is foldable though doesn’t split which is an opportunity missed. However, there’s an enormous amount of boot space, 265 liters to be precise, which will prove to be more than sufficient.

350Z 10th March 2014 02:52 AM

Datsun Go: Performance, Safety and Verdict
 

Hood compartment is wide and well laid out. Simply put, there is no apparent compromise here. Datsun Go runs on the same heart that powers Nissan Micra, only differentiator being that the ECM (Electronic Control Module) has been re-tuned in order to slightly favor fuel efficiency figures. This 1198 CC, 3 Cylinder, 12 Valves, DOHC Petrol engine delivers the power of 68 PS @ 5000 RPM as opposed to Micra’s 76 PS @ 6000 RPM whereas the torque continues to be the same at 104 NM @ 4000 RPM. It’s an area where Datsun has clearly conquered over the competition by a significant margin which runs on just-adequate 800 cubic capacity motors.

You are greeted with ample of room and a clear all-around view after getting on the inside. Some might mistake the front bench to be permanently fixed but that’s untrue as it can be independently adjusted for driver and co-driver like in any other modern day hatchback. In fact, during the press interaction, we were also informed that the seats have been specially shaped to reduce stress on spinal cord, the seats evens pressure distribution on the upper body, thereby reducing fatigue by mimicking the natural ‘S’ curve of the spine when standing, instead of the typical ‘C’ curve adopted when sitting, therefore, promoting better circulation of the blood throughout the body. Though, only grouse in seating position for me was handbrake lever position that at occasions irked my leg.

Knowing that there is a plentiful of potential under the hood, Datsun Go was eager to be unleashed. It doesn’t fails to delight as long as the engine is kept at the suggested gears but alas, up shift earlier and there is absolutely zero response to the otherwise prompt accelerator. Engine takes its own sweet time to boil up if running below 2000 RPM mark. At around 1000 RPM, the car jerks and struggles to pick up. But then, this is only half of the story. Datsun Go has got a meaner side too. A combination of robust chassis and power train makes this li’l hatchback an exceptional highway performer than one would expect. Get this: it has been tested at over 160+ Kmph in Japan. Our test vehicle also flawlessly managed high-speed figures and was as damn stable as a rock throughout; as a matter of fact, it had enough juice left to be pressed more.

Please note that The Automotive India does not endorse high-speed driving. The tests are carried out by experts under controlled environment, attempting to imitate them in regular conditions will be insane. Coming back to the car, Go comes equipped with a well-weighted electric power steering wheel (EPS) that varies steering assistance by monitoring engine and road speed to calculate the torque needed. It’s nimble to control in the cities and 4.6M of turning radius makes U-Turns a breeze. Something that plays as a spoilsport in between all the fun is a notchy gearshift which might be bothersome to first time users.


Braking ability of Go left us pretty impressed. The car feels as prompt to halt as it feels to accelerate. There is no ABS to support for sudden braking but front wheels are furnished behind with ventilated disc brakes while the set of rear wheels have drum brakes. Datsun claims that under strict comparative testing, engineers have shown that less pedal effort is required in normal city driving to generate needed deceleration while stopping distances are shorter than the competitors. In short, Go can stop in 33 M from 80 Kph. The suspension is visibly fine-tuned keeping in mind the Indian road conditions. It gracefully gulps normal irregularities of the road at low speeds but it has a certain amount of firmness and unless you slow down, large bumps are bound to create a big thump inside. This car prefers to tackle the corners and maintains a decent stability, but it’s the long suspension travel that doesn’t makes the experience very pleasing with evident body roll upon hard cornering.

As in case with modern 3 cylinder units, Nissan engineers too have deployed a counter balance system. However, the vibration still remains a concern when the vehicle is idle. You can actually watch the gear lever, mobile holder and so on jerking at a high pace. These vibrations tend to settle down and become more manageable along with incline in RPM once car moves forward. Noise levels are however remarkably well controlled on the interiors and exteriors alike. Of course, the engine sound is audible on the outside but not as much if compared when the bonnet is open, in spite of the fact that there is no sound deadening material on the hood.

There was a noticeable difference experienced in noise levels before and after closing the windows amidst traffic. The company has been able to accomplish it by positioning the sound deadening material on the bulkhead as well as under the floor and adoption of door and window seals which were originally developed for Nissan’s high-end luxury models. The exact compliment cannot be offered to the Go during high speed (read three digit) stints as it tends to invite a fair amount of road and wind noise then.

All said and done, the refined and peppy motor makes this car a fantastic new comer. An admirable power to weight ratio further makes Go a new pocket rocket in the town. It easily triumphs in the design as well as driving dynamics aspect but coping up with the widespread network of Maruti Suzuki and a feature-laden USP of Hyundai is a challenge that still lies ahead for the Japanese major. Go makes perfect sense for first-time or second car buyers who are open to try something out of the box and are well-informed about the thin after sales network. An apt pricing can sure get the ball rolling for this car. Over to you, Datsun.

350Z 10th March 2014 02:52 AM

Datsun Go: Likes, Dislikes and Report Card
 

You'll Love: [thumbsup]

> Smart design and refreshing new looks.

> Quite spacious and comfortable on the inside.

> Peppy engine and commendable driving dynamics.

> The initial prestige of owning a unique car from a new brand.

> Good mileage figures means it ticks primary checkbox of new car buyers.

You'll Loathe: [thumbsdown]

> Several cost cutting measures noticeable at a quick glance.

> Limited dealership and after sales network of Nissan in India.

> Notchy gearshift becomes a spoilsport amidst the overall fun.

> Annoying levels of vibration when idle, although noise is relatively well-filtered.

> Compromise on safety features (Such as ABS and Airbags) is not a welcome move.

The Report Card:

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> The Automotive India’s Verdict: http://www.theautomotiveindia.com/fo.../eightstar.gif

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350Z 10th March 2014 02:53 AM

Datsun Go: Price, Misc Points and Feedback
 

Price (Ex.showroom, Delhi):

> D: Rs.3,12,270

> D1: Rs.3,14,770

> A: Rs.3,46,482

> T: Rs.3,69,999

Miscellaneous Points:

> Name of this car is inspired by DAT-GO. The company's first ever car launched a century ago.

> Target customer: A middle age man, Ananda, with household income of Rs.30,000 per month.

> Establishing independent Datsun dealerships is a part of Nissan’s long term strategy in India.

> Nissan dealerships will have separate Datsun teams to handle customers of Go and future products.

> The company wants to stay away from the commercial market (to avoid its cars being labeled as taxis).

> The service interval is 5,000 kilometers / 6 months. However, only first service is available for free of cost (on labour).

> Go will be available with 2 years and unlimited kilometers of standard warranty. Plus, optional extended warranty.

> Datsun Go is fully developed at Renault-Nissan R&D center at Chennai in which most of the team leaders were Indians.

> This car has undergone over 2000 different kind of extensive tests in Japan. It has also been tested for over 4 lakh kilometers.

> There are no plans to introduce neither Diesel nor an automatic version of Go at this moment. It might be contemplated in future based on market demand.

> Go+ MPV is scheduled to launch this fiscal year in India at a competitive price, followed by Redi-Go thereafter (Redi-Go will retain designing cues of concept).

Feedback To Datsun:

> Optional ABS and driver’s side airbag will be much appreciated.

> High time for Nissan to buckle up and increase the dealership network pan-India.

> Consider offering internally adjustable outside rear view mirrors and head unit at least on top variant.

> Although immediate plans for a Diesel variant have been rejected, LPG / CNG version might do wonders.

> Please ensure strict quality check on the production vehicles. Our car's A/C button malfunctioned all of sudden during the drive.

> Above issue was fixed on the spot though. I like the enthusiasm of top officials who themselves diligently noted all the feedback given by media.

350Z 10th March 2014 02:53 AM

Datsun Go: Comparison, Technical Specifications and Brochure
 

Technical Specifications:

> Engine: 1198 CC, 3 Cylinder, 12 Valves, DOHC

> Fuel Type: Petrol

> Power: 68 PS @ 5000 RPM

> Torque: 104 NM @ 4000 RPM

> Transmission: 5 Speed Manual

> Front Brakes: Ventilated Discs

> Rear Brakes: Drum

> Front Suspension: McPherson Strut with suspension member and double pivot arm

> Rear Suspension: H-Type torsion beam with high performance linear damper

> Fuel Tank: 35 Liters

> Boot Space: 265 Liters

> Length: 3785 MM

> Width: 1635 MM

> Height: 1485 MM

> Wheelbase: 2450 MM

> Front Track: 1440 MM

> Rear Track: 1445 MM

> Tyre Size: 155 / 70 R13 (Tubeless)

> Turning Radius: 4.6 M

> Ground Clearance: 170 MM

> ARAI Claimed Fuel Efficiency: 20.63 Kpl

Exterior Color Options:

> Silver

> White

> Ruby Red

> Sky Blue (Our Choice)

Interior Upholstery:

> Plain Fabric (Base variant)

> Jacquard Fabric (Top variant)


350Z 10th March 2014 02:54 AM

Datsun Go: Videos
 
Datsun Go: Exterior NVH
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Datsun Go: Exterior NVH (Hood Open)
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Datsun Go: Slalom Test

Note: Do NOT attempt to imitate. It was performed by a professional in controlled environment.
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Datsun Go: Turning Circle
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Datsun Go: Ignition
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Datsun Go: Tachometer
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Datsun Go: Interior NVH
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Datsun Go: High Speed NVH
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Datsun Go: Vibrating Exhaust Pipe
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350Z 10th March 2014 02:55 AM

Datsun Go: Pictorial Review
 
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350Z 10th March 2014 02:56 AM

Datsun Go: Pictorial Review
 

350Z 10th March 2014 02:56 AM

Datsun Go: Pictorial Review
 
Don't mistake it for just another grille. It depicts two hands, expressing Datsun brand's spirit.

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The single windshield wiper has two arms and one blade.

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This wiper automatically delays the wipe interval based on car's speed. Plus, that one washer jet has three nozzles.

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Externally adjustable outside rear view mirrors are black across all variants.

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Side turn indicators find a default position on the fenders, instead of ORVMs.

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First in segment follow-me-home headlamps. You can manually choose for how long they should remain lit by pulling headlamp flasher.

One Pull: 30 seconds. Two Pulls: 60 seconds. Three Pulls: 90 seconds. Four Pulls: Two minutes. [thumbswink]

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Aggressive taillight design forms slight haunches.

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The rear cheater panel balances the design rather than a traditional quarter glass.

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Nice wheel covers. Alloys available only as an optional accessory. Notice the undersized Strada tyres.

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Tiny exhaust vibrates terribly when the car is idle. It'd have been better to hide it from the view altogether.

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Space vacant for the optional foglamps.

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No sound deadening material under the hood. Yet car is relatively quiet with closed hood.

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A Nissan tech informed us that battery is placed in such a manner that it won't earth even in a severe frontal impact.

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No rubber beading on the roof.

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No mention of the fuel type. Don't forget to tell fuel pump attendant (who might be unfamiliar with Datsun) that it's a Petrol.

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Maximum limit rear windows can roll down. Still acceptable than many of the hatchbacks.

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A cheap looking child-lock switch.

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Sporty and a wide rear windshield glass area reminds of Micra.

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An example of a panel that lacks proper fitting.

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Flap type door handles doesn't feel sturdy enough.

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One of the most sportiest angles of the Go.

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An integrated spoiler-like form. The actual spoiler (available as an accessory) greatly enhances Go's visual appeal.

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A boot space of 265 liters is more than what you can ask in a car of this class.

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Full sized steel spare wheel.

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Nissan branding on the tail lamp assembly.

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The reverse lamp functions only on left hand side taillamp. Absence of keyhole means you've to open the car to unlock boot.

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Apart from a small 'Go' badge, no unwanted badges or stickers on the rear. Suits my taste.

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Go is equipped with central locking but no remote. Note the colored Datsun logo. An effort to promote brand identity.

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350Z 10th March 2014 02:58 AM

Datsun Go: Pictorial Review
 
Both, front and rear doors open wide enough.

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Plastic quality is decent and interiors look inviting, thanks to light shade.

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Joined front seats. One of the 'attention grabbing' aspects on the Go.

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Unconventional hand brake lever (right). 12V socket is located on the left.

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Open glovebox means there's no concealed storage bin inside the car.

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Tool kit is tucked under the driver's seat.

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Minimum and maximum rear legroom.

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Transmission tunnel is highly elevated.

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Only one power window switch on driver's side.

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Looks familiar. Doesn't it? It's lifted straight from Nissan Micra.

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Headlamp beam adjustment knob.

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Pull-type hood unlock lever and OBD Port at the bottom-end of dashboard on driver's side.

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Couldn't test the effectiveness of lamps since the car was with us in daytime.

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Neat and clean roof.

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350Z 10th March 2014 02:59 AM

Datsun Go: Pictorial Review
 
Basic yet functional instrument cluster. You can spot non-functional 'Airbag' and 'ABS' warning icons on a closer look.

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Air conditioner served us well. Circular vents does a perfect job to direct flow in desired direction.

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These rotary knobs look and feel cheap.

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Much talked about 'mobile docking station'.

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Plenty of flat storage space on dashboard to carry documents or place that idol, put a car perfume etc. The list goes on in India.

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This handbrake lever brings back the typical Datsun nostalgia from 80's. :biggrin:

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Small sunvisors are practically useless when folded sidewards. No vanity mirror or ticket holder either.

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A sign of good things to come? Probably this space is reserved for steering adjustment lever for export / future models.

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Headlamp and wiper stalks are on the correct sides, unlike in some recent cars.

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ABC Pedals are well-spaced. Clutch is soft enough too.

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This space is NOT intended to seat an extra passenger. It can be utilized to keep knick-knacks or a hand bag (Good for ladies).

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Seat rails are exposed.

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The rear seat belts skip retract facility.

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Parcel tray is not a standard feature.

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Manual window mechanism for rear passengers. Pockets on rear doors missing.

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Exposed screws doesn't appear too pleasing in a car of this era.

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A clear view from the inside and outside rear view mirrors.

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Fusebox is located on the left hand side of dashboard.

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No grab handle for the front seat passenger.

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Nifty small storage spaces near the driver to carry change or to store toll tickets etc.

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350Z 10th March 2014 04:17 AM

Re: Datsun Go: Review | Test Drive | Pictures
 
Note: Thread now live. This is the most comprehensive review of Datsun Go so far on the internet.

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