Report – Datsun Go to be exported to South Africa from Chennai starting Q4 2014

27/02/2014 - 13:38 | ,   | Shoeb Kalania

Datsun has started production of the Go hatchback at the Renault-Nissan plant located in Oragadam, Chennai. The launch of the product is in March and according to multiple media reports, exports from India have been planned to South Africa this year.

Accessorized Datsun Go at Auto Expo 2014

A report by Car Magazine indicates that the Go will be exported to South Africa from the fourth quarter of this year. The current economic instability in South Africa makes it unlikely to see Datsun being produced in the country. If production is feasible, Nissan's existing facility in Rosslyn would make the Go. The Oragadam plant is also responsible for delivering the Renault Duster that is sold in the South African market.

Datsun will be locally produced in India, Russia and Indonesia this year. While India's first Datsun is the Go and Indonesia, the three-row Go+, Russia would get a Lada-based saloon.

Renault Duster Anniversary Edition front three quarters
Renault Duster sold in South Africa is also manufactured at he Renault-Nissan plant in Chennai

The Go is built on the Nissan ‘V’ platform, same as that of the Nissan Micra, with power coming from the 1.2-liter three-cylinder petrol engine mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.

Datsun has started bookings of the Datsun Go in India and the Go+ MPV in Indonesia, while Russia's first Datsun would be launched at the Moscow motor show in August.

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[Source - CarMag]

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