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Special model on show for Datsun SA’s fourth birthday

SPECIAL EDITION DATSUN GO: Image: Datsun SA / Motorpress

BOTHAVILLE, South Africa – Datsun SA is celebrating its first 50 months back in South Africa by adding a model to the Datsun GO range – and paid a visit to its  Bothaville roots in the Free State.

Des Fenner, Datsun SA’s general manager, said: “It’s hard to believe that more than four years have passed since we re-entered SA with the affordable Datsun GO.

”Since then we’ve expanded the range with the larger GO+ and GO+ panel van – and several more models are on the radar.”

SPECIAL EDITION DATSUN GO: Image: Datsun SA / Motorpress

To celebrate the company has created a Datsun GO Special Version based on the Lux specification but with the addition of Bluetooth and a USB-enabled audio system, silver and blue decals on the bodywork, and silver accents inside the cabin.


Fenner again: “Our market research shows Datsun owners value their vehicles’ affordability and ease-of-servicing above all else. Many want to personalise their vehicle and it is for them that we created the Special.”

The GO is South Africa’s current cost-of-maintenance champion, according to the annual Kinsey Report which ranks vehicles by the cost of their service and repair parts – it’s the most affordable vehicle to maintain, repair and run in South Africa.

A first edition of the Datsun GO will be on display at the world-renowned  Datsun and Nissan (as the brand was previously named) Museum in Bothaville  where car-collector Freek de Kock has a collection of rare and special Datsun and Nissan models.

He says the museum is unrivalled outside of Nissan’s own vehicle museum in Japan.

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De Kock said: “We have more than 200 models at our museum,  many in pristine condition, others under restoration. We look forward to welcoming fellow enthusiasts and Datsun fans, especially during the town’s Nampo Harvest Day festival.”

Among the many cars on display are perfectly restored versions of every Datsun and Nissan Skyline GT-R, from the first GT-R Hakosuka to the current R35 Nissan GT-R. The collection also has several versions of the Datsun SSS Coupé, the Datsun 1200 Coupé, and beautifully restored versions of the 240Z.

Fenner said: “Though the Datsun brand returned to South Africa just over 50 months ago our roots run deep in South Africa and, for many, a visit to the Nissan and Datsun museum in Bothaville is the perfect way to re-ignite the passion for the brand.”

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