Datsun South Africa has quietly removed the entry-level model from its GO range, thus effectively raising the budget hatchback’s starting price.
The base Datsun Go 1,2 Mid, which did not feature an airbag and was priced at R108 900, is no longer listed on the brand’s local website. The special-edition GO 1,2 Remix, too, has disappeared from the site.
That leaves the GO 1,2 Lux – which features a single airbag for the driver, but does without ABS – as the lone surviving variant. Interestingly, this derivative’s price has been raised from R128 900 to R131 500.
The seven-seater GO+ (which was last year crash-tested by Global NCAP), meanwhile, is still available in 1,2 Lux guise only, although the price has increased from R141 900 to R144 900. And the GO+ Panel Van now costs R150 900.
All models are powered by the brand’s naturally aspirated 1,2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine, which sends 50 kW and 104 N.m to the front wheels via a five-speed manual transmission.
In South Africa, Datsun has sold 18 915 vehicles since its return to local shores in October 2014, and says it is “looking to add additional product to the range later this year” (the new Datsun Cross, perhaps?).