Week One

What started as a journey amongst strangers from different continents, quickly turned into a friendship that involved a Datsun Go, the open road, photography, and of course, food.

The South African traffic and terrain, according to Vesa, are much easier and calmer when compared to Indian and even Russia. After five days and over 2,000 kilometres driven in a Go, it is safe to say that they are really enjoying the trip!

The road trip started as the travellers left the urban jungle for the Kruger Park, and was lucky enough to see three of the Big Five. Trying to coax the big cats out of hiding with "Here kitty, kitty!" proved unsuccessful. However, the Go’s sympathetic face proved well as the animals seemed to like it and came out to say hi.

After a fantastic Kruger Park experience, the journey continued to the Free State, greeted by straight, open roads and in some cases it seemed that there were potholes held together by tar. 

Vesa and the team’s love and craving for great food had been filled, thanks to fellow traveller Alessio La Ruffa. Experimenting with South African food has been a thrilling experience for Vesa and Jarmo – biltong and droëwors – so lekker!

The trip is great. The team are loving the country, in a car of new friends that are ready to explore and aren't scared to venture off the main roads to discover gems. We look forward to continuing the journey to Durban with them and then following the Garden Route all the way to Cape Town over the next couple of days. If you see the team on the road, don’t forget to honk and they will be sure honk back! Let’s Go!


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 http://www.nissan.co.za