Daily Archives: July 17, 2013

Nissan revives Datsun, but not in U.S.

Nissan built the Datsun Go for the Indian market.

(Credit: Nissan)

If you are old enough to have seen the Sex Pistols live, then Datsun cars will be familiar. From the classic Fairlady roadster to the original Z cars, Datsun made a name for itself as a maker of inexpensive and sporty cars. But the badge disappeared from automotive grilles in 1981, as parent brand Nissan asserted its identity.

Now Datsun is back, the brand relaunched by Nissan.

Datsun Go heralds brand revival (pictures)

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However, forget the Fairlady or Zs, or even the B210. The newest car to wear the Datsun badge is called the Go, and it is a tiny little economical hatchback. The front-wheel-drive Go gets a 1.2-liter engine, which probably can’t make more than 100 horsepower. Nissan fits it with a five-speed manual transmission, rather than the continuously variable automatics it favors in Nissan-brand… [Read more]


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