New Delhi, March 19 :
Japan’s Nissan Motor Company Wednesday launched its entry-level hatchback, Datsun GO, priced between Rs.3.12 lakh and Rs.3.69 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
The launch marks the revival of the Datsun brand after 32 years. The entry-level hatchback which has been engineered and developed in India was first showcased last year.
The entry-level vehicle is powered by a 1.2 litre three-cylinder petrol engine and a fuel economy of about 20.63 km a litre. The engine is coupled with a five-speed manual transmission.
The vehicle features electric power steering, ventilated disk brakes and leather-feel cabin materials.
The vehicle also sports a mobile docking station for entertainment, satellite navigation, hands-free telephone usage and radio which can be accessed via the smartphone.
The company, which has a current production capacity of 400,000 units in its plant near Chennai, said it might ramp up production of the new vehicle to about 480,000 units per annum, depending upon market conditions and response.
The company said that currently it has no plans for export. However, it would do so as and when the opportunity arrives.
Datsun is the third brand for Nissan. The brand was phased out in early 1980s.