Report – Datsun could introduce automatic transmission to broaden appeal of Go family
Posted on: Dec 3, 2013 - 11:16am IST
Our friends at AutonetMagz have reported that Datsun may introduce automatic transmission variants of the Go models in the future to broaden appeal in crowded Indonesian cities.
An automatic transmission would not be available on the vehicle at the time of launch. The specification chart of the Go+ reveals that the car would receive a 68PS 1.2L petrol engine matched to a 5-speed transmission (borrowed from the Nissan Micra). The same powertrain applies to the Go in India, where the market for automatic transmission is in a nascent stage.
The Go+’s 1.2L engine is available with a CVT on the Micra. Configuring the Datsun to the same specification would pose no troubles as both share the same platform.
The Go’s chief rival, Toyota Agya (and its cousin Daihatsu Ayla) are announced with an optional automatic transmission. Toyota foresees demand for AT in Indonesia’s main cities, as prospective buyers look for ways to beat stressful traffic jams. Having said that, other LCGC contestants Honda Brio Satya and the Suzuki Wagon R don’t offer an automatic transmission option currently.