After a strong initial start, the Datsun Go budget hatchback is sputtering. Sales haven’t been rosy after the initial month or so and Nissan India is seeking to add more zing to the budget car’s performance at the hustings by doling out large discounts (by entry-level budget car standards) on the Datsun Go. Nissan has rolled out 38,000 rupee discounts on the Datsun Go hatchback. These discounts will run up to the 31st of October, 2014, and are designed to capitalize on the the festive buying spirit.
Nissan India offers the following discount split up on the Datsun Go,
- Exchange bonus of 20,000 rupees
- Free extended warranty worth 4,000 rupees
- Additional 10,000 rupee cash discount on D, D1 and A grades
- Insurance support of 4,000 rupees
With the above discounts, the Datsun Go’s D, D1 and A grades will now retail at ex-showroom Delhi prices of 2.74 lakh rupees, 2.77 lakh rupees and 3.08 lakh rupees respectively. These prices make the Datsun Go extremely attractive given the larger size of the car vis-a-vis the competition (read Maruti Alto 800 and Hyundai Eon) and also the more powerful 1.2 liter petrol engine on offer in the Go. On whether these discounts actually do anything to perk up sales of the Datsun Go can be determined only from the sales figures of the next couple of months.
To wrap up the Datsun Go in a short paragraph, the car is a no frills version of the Nissan Micra, with parts engineered primarily to pare down costs. The Datsun Go uses a revised body shell of the Micra and the same V-Platform. The engine is a detuned 1.2 liter-3 cylinder petrol HR12DE motor that makes 67 Bhp of peak power and 104 Nm of peak torque. A 5 speed manual gearbox comes standard with this engine. Nissan sells and services the Datsun Go through its existing dealer network. Also, dedicated Datsun dealerships have begun sprouting up across India.