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by Tim Beissmann

The Datsun Go+ will become one of the world’s cheapest people-movers when it launches in emerging markets in 2014.

The second all-new model from Nissan Motor Company’s born-again budget brand, the Indonesian-built Datsun Go+ will cost less than 100 million rupiah ($9300) in its home market, where it is set to become the most affordable vehicle with three rows of seats.

At 3995mm long, 1635mm wide and 1485mm tall, the Datsun Go+ is more than half a metre shorter than Australia’s smallest seven-seater, the Kia Rondo.

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Like the previously unveiled Datsun Go hatchback, the Go+ will be powered by a 1.2-litre petrol engine and utilise a five-speed manual transmission to power its front wheels.

A mobile docking station facilitates smartphone integration, aiming to appeal to the brand’s youthful target market, while second and third seating rows that fold completely flat create a versatile load space in the rear.

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Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn says the Datsun Go+ has been specifically tailored for the needs of Indonesian customers.

“It’s exciting to know that, for many Indonesians, the first new car they buy will be a Datsun,” Ghosn said.

“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.”

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The Datsun Go and Go+ will be produced at Nissan’s Purwakarta plant, 80km east of Jakarta, and go on sale next year.

Nissan has no plans to relaunch the Datsun brand in Australia at this stage.




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