Nissan’s revival of the Datsun brand name has for some reason fuelled excitement within the car community, but now that the first model has been launched in India we can all calm down again.
The new Datsun Go was unveiled in New Delhi, as it was developed locally and will be locally produced too. The five-door, front-wheel drive supermini banks on a 1.2-litre motor and a five-speed manual transmission in dimensions of 1,635mm wide, 1,485mm tall and 3,785mm long, almost identical to the Nissan Micra.
In its home market the car starts from under Dh25,000, so expect the entire upcoming Datsun range to reflect that price bracket.
In other Nissan news the Japanese giant has announced a new limited (just 100 units worldwide) 2014 Nissan GT-R Special Edition package with a hand-painted “Midnight Opal” exterior, with a US price of Dh390K.
You can safely add a couple of hundred thou’ to the model’s Middle East price for some reason. But hey, you do also get a gold-plated serialised plaque of authenticity in the engine compartment.