Later this year, Japanese car maker Nissan will introduce the second product under the low cost Datsun brand in India. The confirmation of the Go+ MPV’s launch in India during the second half of 2014 comes straight from the top, with Mr Kenichiro Yomura, the President and Managing Director of Nissan India going on record to state that the compact MPV will be launched later this year.
This announcement means that the Datsun Go+ MPV’s earlier launch time frame of 2015 has been revised. Therefore, Indian car buyers looking for an affordable people mover stand to gain as the Go+ is likely to be priced well under the 5 lakh rupee mark, making it the least priced MPV in the country. Nissan can achieve this price point given the extensive sharing of parts and platform between the Datsun Go hatchback and the Go+ MPV.
The cars will also share engines and interiors, as the Go+ MPV essentially is a stretched version of the Go hatchback, with two more seats squeezed on the third row to give the Go+ its seven seat MPV credentials. Also, a sub-4 meter form factor means that the Go+ MPV stands to qualify for a lower excise duty, giving Nissan India pricing flexibility.
The Go+ MPV is based on the Datsun Go, which in turn is based on the Nissan Micra’s V-platform. The Go+ MPV’s launch in India will make it the sixth car based on the Nissan V-platform to be launched in the country. The other five cars are – Datsun Go, Nissan Micra, Renault Pulse, Nissan Sunny and the Renault Pulse.
Also, the Nissan V-platform plays host to the most number of badge engineered cars build and sold in India. All these products are built at the Renault-Nissan’s joint manufacturing facility at Oragadam, off Chennai. Nissan has plans of expanding production capacity at Oragadam, from 400,000 units to 480,000 units. The additional capacity is mainly to produce the Datsun range of low cost cars, a range on which Nissan is betting big on.