First meetings can be awkward.

“What should I say?”

“What if we don’t like each other?”

“What if there is an awkward silence?”

Fortunately, our Instagrammer, Allesio (@alessiolr), and Vesa, our Datsun Enthusiast, hit it off straight away, and that’s a good thing as they’ll be spending a good couple of kilometres together in the Datsun GO, road tripping across South Africa.

This is not the first time Vesa has travelled cross country in a Datsun GO, he’s previously been to India, Russia and Indonesia and has driven close to 30000 kms collectively, all in the Datsun.

Now, in South Africa, he’s here with his best friend of 35 years, Jarmo, taking in everything our beautiful country has to offer - from street art in the heart of Jozi, to wildlife spotting in the Kruger National Park.

An avid coffee drinker, sipping on up to 10 cups a day back in his home country of Finland, Vesa says the best thing out of South Africa so far is that there is no shortage of good coffee, and he enjoyed his first day in the Kruger National Park with his two traveling partners, all for less than a cuppa joe back home. 

Oh, and Droe Wors is way better than beef jerky.

Here’s a short video of Vesa meeting Alessio for the first time.


Remember to follow the journey and join in the conversation using #DatsunLetsGO on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.


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.


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.


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