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Datsun Go goes ‘top of class’ in Kinsey Report

ROSSLYN, SOUTH AFRICA – The Datsun GO has been identified as South Africa’s most cost-effective vehicle to service or repair in the City Cars and Entry Level categories of the 2019 AA Kinsey Report.

That makes four consecutive years the eco-cars have come out on top in the well-respected survey.

At R63 310, the Datsun GO’s total parts basket price this year amounted to about R3000 less than its closest competitors.

The report also identified the GO as the most affordable of all eight cars in its category in terms of service parts and repair parts. Its service parts basket price was R2 047 – 16% less than the vehicle ranked second-best in this regard – and its repair parts basket price was R8 846 – 21% less than the vehicle ranked second.

The GO was also mentioned as one of the best-priced in its class in terms of crash parts with a basket price of R52 416.


A-segment category cars have increased in popularity in recent years – particularly with first-time new-car buyers – thanks to years of tight financial times, the report explained, and Datsun itself explained: ‘The GO was designed with cost front of mind.”

Kabelo Rabotho, Datsun SA’s marketing director, told The Corner in a media release: ”The results of the 2019 AA Kinsey Report reinforce the GO’s position as a market leader in this segment. Its reputation as an an affordable offering represents real value for money.”

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Now in its 29th year, what was previously known as the Kinsey Report has been relabeled the AA Kinsey Report, to appear on the AASA’s official website. It was originated by motoring journalist Malcolm Kinsey.

The report compares popular vehicles in nine categories in terms of the price of crash-replacement and service parts.


The 2019 AA Kinsey Report features all Auto Trader Car of the Year 2019 finalists. A total of 72 different cars have been included. Twelve vehicles that were featured in the previous year’s report have this year been omitted. However, an additional 19 have been added.

Most prices in this year’s AA Kinsey Report were obtained from dealers in the Durban, Pinetown and Umhlanga areas.

To find out more about the Datsun GO, book a test drive with your nearest Datsun dealers or visit All new Datsuns are covered by a Datsun warranty of six-years or 150 000km – including 24-hour roadside assistance.



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