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Datsun GO+ MPV revealed in Jakarta

Wed, 18 Sep 2013 00:00:00 -0700

Datsun has returned, but not the way we last remember it. Nissan has brought back the Datsun brand for developing markets, and has just revealed the GO+ model, a compact MPV based on the Datsun GO hatchback. The premiere took place in Jakarta, Indonesia, which will be the first market where the GO+ will be offered. But don't rush to your Nissan dealer just yet, as Datsun cars won't be offered in North America in the near future.

So what's the new Datsun all about?

The GO+ will be a 5+2 MPV designed to be a family car. Its compact dimensions and short overhangs will make it ideal for urban and extra-urban environments, while the interior is designed to maximize comfort and versatility. The GO+ will offer either two additional seats in the back or room for cargo.

Powered by a 1.2-liter engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission, the GO+ aims for fuel efficiency and promises relatively nimble handling in urban environments. An overall length of just 157.2 inches places it well inside the footprint of the current Ford Focus hatchback, which is 171.6 inches long. So in effect, the GO+ has more in common with the first-generation Mercedes-Benz A-class than it does with a full-size MPV with which North American buyers are familiar.

The interior is basic, but the car is supposed to retail below $8,700.

Nissan Motor Co. President and CEO Carlos Ghosn had this to say about the debut of the new Datsun model: "With the return of the Datsun brand, we are changing mobility. And we're ensuring greater access to the pride, independence and opportunities that car ownership provides. It's exciting to know that, for many Indonesians, the first new car they buy will be a Datsun."

Nissan currently has no plans to introduce the Datsun brand to America, as Datsun will occupy a spot below Nissan in the company's brand hierarchy. The GO+ is expected to retail for under 100 million Indonesian rupiah, which is approximately $8,700 U.S. dollars.

By Jay Ramey