The Datsun GO-cross Concept is a cool crossover that brings a new sense of style, adventure and fun to the Datsun line-up.It was specifically created to meet the needs and preferences of a new generation of drivers – young, ambitious,fun-loving people who are moving toward their dreams and next stage of their lives. They want the freedom and opportunity that a car ownership provides. They want a vehicle that reflects their personality and aspirations, and fits their lifestyle.

Just like these drivers, the Datsun GO-cross Concept has spirit and a sense of adventure. It can deal with the day-to-day routine and still have plenty of energy for holiday or weekend fun. It can handle city life easily, but it also loves the great outdoors. 

The new concept, already the second one from the brand after Datsun redi-GO Concept presented in February 2014, hints at a possible direction of Datsun GO/GO+ family range expansion in high-growth markets. If it were to go into production, Datsun GO-cross Concept would effectively create a new segment in its market and attract a new audience to the legendary brand. 

Fusing distinctly modern design elements with Datsun’s hallmark design language, the GO-cross Concept builds on the acclaimed Datsun GO+ family three-row MPV. 

In this way, it follows Datsun’s philosophy of designing cars to answer specific market needs at an attractive price. 

Designed by a dedicated Datsun team in Japan, the Datsun GO-cross Concept clearly sets itself apart from the Datsun GO+ eventhough both share the same platform.

“Our challenge was to create an unmistakable crossover which kept some iconic design cues from the Datsun GO+ yet, at the same time, was distinctly different. The Datsun GO-cross Concept is proof positive that Datsun’s design language is consistent yet flexible enough to shape every kind of vehicle,” said Koji Nagano, Executive Design Director, Datsun.

For example, the Datsun GO-cross Concept has a rising shoulder line with a bold ‘flick’ that curves upwards towards the tailgate to provide a clear link to the existing MPV, but it is more dynamic and defining on the newcomer. Indeed, in most respects the Concept is a stand-alone project with its own stance, attitude and style… and a possible pointer to the brand’s forthcoming design language.

The now familiar Datsun D-Cut grille became larger, more imposing and more expressive. Furthermore, it is placed in a more upright position to accentuate the higher bonnet line and has a dramatic ‘black-chrome’ finish designed to underline the car’s tougher role. Other distinctive features include dramatic LED headlights and LED tail lights to lend a high tech look to the front and rear of the car.

The massive bonnet and taller body sides give the crossover concept a robust and aggressive stance, which is accentuated by the 4x4-style wider fenders and extensive body cladding. The cladding extends down both sides of the car and includes sturdy underbody guards under the grille at the front and beneath tailgate at the rear.

Although not envisaged to have four-wheel-drive, the Datsun GO-cross Concept has a higher ground clearance than Datsun GO+ to enable it to handle rougher terrain with an extra degree of confidence. This is accentuated by the dramatic five spoke 17-inch alloy wheels and sturdy underbody guards which add to the concept’s rugged yet refined appeal.

In contrast with the robust lower half of the car, the top half underlines the dynamism of the design, with gentle curves that are replicated in the side window graphic. The result is a beautiful silhouette that balances sleekness and utility.

Among its practical features is a fully integrated aerodynamic roof rack that sits atop the black painted roof. The latter features a patterned graphic inspired by the Datsun brand logo which could become part of an extensive personalisation programme.

Ensuring it stands out, the Datsun GO-cross Concept is finished in a vivid bright yellow colour. Stimulated by spectacular nature, glorious sunrise, blessed flying birds and bright flowers, it boldly expresses passion and vigour, brand promises Datsun is committed to deliver. “The aggressive and modern front end, rugged lower and sleek upper design give the Datsun GO-cross Concept a high distinctive silhouette which is designed to appeal to different types of customer,” adds Koji Nagano.

“Although clearly built for adventures, like Datsun GO+, our new crossover concept has also been created with practicality in mind. There’s ample space inside for families and friends travelling together. The usefully sized luggage area is complemented by the extra luggage capacity offered by the roof rack, while the higher ground clearance and tough exterior cladding mean it will be able to cope with everyday road and traffic conditions in the country.”

The result is a distinctive compact crossover that is modern, reliable, fun and attractive… a car that reflects its owner’s sense of achievement and equally reflects Datsun’s core values of Dream, Access and Trust.

About Datsun

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. announced the return of the Datsun brand, Nissan's third global brand alongside Nissan and Infiniti, in March 2012. Datsun provides a sustainable motoring experience to optimistic up-and-coming customers in high-growth markets. Datsun represents 80 years of accumulated Japanese car-making expertise and is an important part of Nissan's DNA. The new Datsun brand stands for Dream, Access and Trust. The overall Datsun customer offer includes a worry-free ownership experience at competitive cost, accessible services, with transparent pricing and dealership proximity. Datsun cars are on sale now in India, Indonesia, Russia and South Africa.

Datsun History

Datsun originated in Japan as DAT-GO (the DAT-car) almost a century ago in 1914. The word DAT means ‘lightning-fast’ in Japanese but is also a reference to the first letters of family names of the three financiers who supported the business at the time: Den, Aoyama and Takeuchi. Using the same logic, it was promoted as Durable, Attractive and Trustworthy, or DAT for short.

In 1933, Nissan’s founding father Yoshisuke Aikawa took over the business with a vision of “mobility for all”. The introduction of a light-weight, economical yet resilient car to meet the aspirations of young Japanese people in the early 1930s was named the ‘son of DAT’ –Datson - which later changed to Datsun. Local engineering and mass-production made the founder’s dream a reality.

For more information:

Tatiana Natarova

Datsun Global Communications

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t-natarova@datsun.biz

www.datsun.com

Datsun History

Datsun originated in Japan as DAT-GO (the DAT-car) almost a century ago in 1914. The word DAT means ‘lightning-fast’ in Japanese but is also a reference to the three financiers who supported the business at the time – namely Mssrs. Den, Aoyama and Takeuchi – an acronym of the first letter of each name. Using the same logic, it was promoted as Durable, Attractive and Trustworthy, or DAT for short.

In 1933, Nissan’s founding father Yoshisuke Aikawa took over the business with a vision of “mobility for all”. The introduction of a light-weight, economical yet resilient car to meet the aspirations of young Japanese people in the early 1930s was named the ‘son of DAT’ – Datson - which later changed to Datsun. Local engineering and mass-production made the founder’s dream a reality.

Datsun Today

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. announced the return of the Datsun brand, Nissan's third global brand, alongside Nissan and Infiniti, in March 2012. Datsun will provide a sustainable motoring experience to optimistic up-and-coming customers in high-growth markets. Datsun represents 80 years of accumulated Japanese car-making expertise and is an important part of Nissan's DNA. Datsun already started sales in India and Indonesia, while sales in Russia and South Africa will commence later in 2014.

About Nissan Motor in South Africa

Nissan South Africa is the operational hub for Regional Business Unit South, serving Nissan’s key South Africa market and 42 other countries in Sub Saharan Africa, including Angola, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria. In South Africa, the company offers a range of 28 vehicles under the Nissan and Infiniti brands, including the popular locally-produced Nissan light commercial vehicles - the NP200 half ton pickup and NP300 one-ton Hardbody – produced at the company’s Rosslyn plant, north west of Pretoria. In 2013, the company made history with the introduction of South Africa’s first electric vehicle, Nissan’s flagship Nissan LEAF. This will be followed in 2014 by the reintroduction of the iconic Datsun brand, as well as the launch of the new Qashqai crossover and new X-Trail sports utility vehicle. Nissan South Africa is one of the top five automotive companies in South Africa. For more information visit our website at http://www.nissan.co.za 

 

Ruth Momberg

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Email: ruth.momberg@magnacarta.co.za