IAB Report – Datsun Go production to start on Feb 4; Go+ and I2 unveiling at Auto Expo
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Reliable sources confirmed to IndianAutosBlog.com today that series production of the first Datsun model, the Datsun Go, would begin in India on the 4th of February at the Renault-Nissan JV’s Oragadam plant in Chennai. The vehicle would launch on the market within weeks, retailing out of 145 Nissan dealerships in a ‘shop-in-shop’ concept.
Another development Indian Autos Blog learns is that Datsun will unveil the Go+ and the I2 in India on the 5th of February at the Auto Expo to be held in Greater Noida.
The Go+ is the second Datsun model that will launch in India in 2014, while the I2, a Maruti Alto rival underpinned by a new platform, which is currently under development at Renault-Nissan’s technical center in Chennai, would be a concept car at the exhibition.
Revealed in Indonesia last year, the Go+ is a stretched Go with three row seating. It shares the mechanical gear with the Go, relying on a 1.2-liter petrol engine that produces 68 PS of power and 104 Nm of torque to turn its wheels.
Datsun has not planned a diesel version or an automatic transmission, though these features maybe part of future plans. Datsun officials had earlier said that they had no interest in entering the entry-sedan segment in India.