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Old 8th February 2014, 14:14   #1
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Default Datsun @ Auto Expo 2014

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The 2014 Auto Expo saw the debut of Datsun.

Datsun had already announced their hatchback, the GO in July 2013 to be followed by the GO+ mini MPV, both of which were on display. Apart from the GO and GO+, Datsun revealed a new concept, the "redi-GO" in a world premiere.

Datsun GO+

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High Points:
  • Sub 4 metre 7 seater MPV
  • 1.2L 3 cylinder petrol engine borrowed from GO and Micra
  • Same wheelbase as GO hatchback
  • Will be launched in Indonesia first, followed by India
  • Expected second half of 2014

Front is identical to the GO hatch:
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Side view shows the extra length but believe it or not this is less than 4 metres @ 3995mm:
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Hexagonal headlamp styling stands out in the otherwise conservative design:
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Dashboard is identical to the GO hatch:
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Pull type handbrake harks back to the 80's:
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There's no real audio system. You plug the phone in using an Aux cable and it plays the music through the door speakers. The USB port is only used to charge the phone:
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Gear lever is mounted on the dash to make way for a middle seat in the front:
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Basic instrumentation but you can see a gear change indicator:
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Glove compartment does not have a cover:
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Basic door pad design with bottle holder. The doors themselves felt very light and reminded us of the Omni/800 when closing:
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Unique front seats with middle cushion is hardly usable due to the limited width and seatbelt:
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Middle row seats offer good space but....
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The front seat design makes rear passengers feel boxed in. Note manual window winders at the back:
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The third row seating in the GO+ is strictly for children. Even a short adult will not be able to sit here due to lack of space and headroom. The seat base is also very very low. With the seats up you lose complete luggage space:
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Cost cutting evident on all corners:
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155/70-13 tyres are really small:
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Indonesia will get a 1.2L 3 cylinder petrol motor similar to the Go and Micra. Hopefully for India, Datsun gets the 1.5L K9K diesel from the Micra:
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This strange battery had us wondering initially, till we realised it was a AC-Dc converter:
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Single wipers with dual arms to cut costs:
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From left to right, OBD port, bonnet release knob and headlamp leveler. When you pull the hood release knob the entire dash moves as well:
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Datsun also unveiled a new concept the "redi-GO" in a world premiere. Positioned below the GO, the redi-GO is aimed squarely at the Alto and Eon. There are plans to get this concept into production but it looks far away and at the moment is just a design study.

The redi-GO is almost like a crossover as it has a raised stance to give better ground clearance. Wheelbase is 2350mm. Overall it looked pretty good as you can see from the pictures:

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Default Re: Datsun @ Auto Expo 2014

There were a couple of Datsun GO's also on display with an array of accessories added on. Datsun plans to have a variety of accessories available for the GO so that customers can individualize the car based on their style.

Production of the Datsun GO commenced on Feb 4th from the Renault Nissan Alliance plant in Oragadam near Chennai. This is the first plant worldwide to start producing the new range of Datsun cars.

The Datsun GO is expected to go on sale in March 2014.

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The front seat design makes rear passengers feel boxed in. Note manual window winders at the back
Very valid.

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This strange battery had us wondering initially, till we realised it was a AC-Dc converter
I didn't get this properly. Why a converter? For the alternator? Can you throw some more light on this thing.

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When you pull the hood release knob the entire dash moves as well
Was it intended or a case of bad fit?
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Wished they could launch the Redi Go albeit in the Ritz/Micra price range...

Could have been a great offer considering that Plain Jane Micra/Pulse do not get the desired sales for the mother company!!
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The GO+ doesn't seem to be very practical with those ergnomics at the rear. Also it looks streached and disproportionate at the rear.

The Redi Go on the other had looks very promising and if its pitted against the Eon and Alto, my money would go for it. The concept version looks cool, have to wait and see how the production version looks!
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I remember Autocar's Hormaz and Kartikeya mentioning in their video coverage, that Datsun senior person told them, that the redi-Go is almost production ready and WYSWIG...well almost.

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In many ways I think Datsun has done its research. In many areas of India, the music on the phone is lone source. Cost cutting where it doesn't hurt?



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I didn't get this properly. Why a converter? For the alternator? Can you throw some more light on this thing.

Was it intended or a case of bad fit?
That's the Alternator. It converts AC to DC, I guess to make use of domestic power supply provided at the event for running off the GO's electrical?
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Default Re: Datsun @ Auto Expo 2014

The GO+ isn't impressive as it's sub 4m. Obviously it wouldn't be much spacious. But everything is based on the pricing. The interiors too are not nice either with the lid-less glove box and the pull type handbrake. Better they could have omitted the needless middle seat in the first row. Even a child would feel uncomfortable there. Good that they are offering the 1.5 Diesel.

The redi-GO is extremely funky. Looks impressive and if it's competing with the Alto, many buyers would be there just for the design. But if it's cheaper than the GO, the interiors would be bad.

Good that they are giving some customization offers to the GO. If they give an HU in the customization pack, many would be buying it.

Overall the stall is much better than the Nissan stall.

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