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Datsun Go: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

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Another day, another car launch. And yet, this one was different. It was the revival of the iconic Datsun brand with the launch of “Go”, a five-door compact hatchback. BW Businessworld takes a look at the good, the bad and the ugly of the car:

The Good:
The price: Carlos Ghosn MD and CEO of Nissan promised the buyers a car under Rs 4 lakh. Company sources say that it would be priced closer to Rs 3.75 lakh, making it a lot cheaper than most competitors in the segment.

The look: The styling of the car makes it look like the premium hatchback. It comes with plenty of slashes and cuts that are easy on aesthetic sensibilities

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The Features: Plenty of the ‘cool quotient’ here with like a docking board for smartphones

The Interiors: The rear has plenty of space to fit in three grown adults. Besides this the plastic doesn’t feel cheap. The interiors also have a mix of two shades of beige giving it a nice feel

The Bad:
  • The Datsun Go will have to struggle with the Nissan dealership network which at the current 95 don’t compare at all with Maruti’s 200+ network
  • The car only comes in a gasoline, which, given India’s current shoddy fuel pricing mechanism could well work against the car
  • It has been built on the Micra platform, which didn’t do as well as it was expected in India

The Ugly:
  • The dashboard is standard and the gear has been moved to it as well, creating a lot of space between the two front seats, supposedly making space for a child to sit in the middle. But Nissan forgot to place a seat here, or even a seating board making the gap look awkard
  • The gear which is part of the dashboard could well give you a tennis elbow if you are driving over 15 kilometres and are on the shorter side 

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