Car and bike manufacturers understand the importance of the festive season in India. It’s not only considered to be an auspicious period by many to make purchases, even atheists postpone their buying plans for this time in a hope that it would fetch them the best deals.
Now Datsun India has officially announced discount schemes and offers on its only car, GO. The small car, which the company expected will bring them about 5000 units a month, is averaging just about 1000 units for the last three months.
Datsun Go offers:
- Exchange Bonus: Rs 20,000
- Cash Benefit: Rs 10,000 (not on T variant)
- Free extended warranty: Rs 4000
- Insurance Support: Rs 4000
- Total: 38,000
To push sales, Datsun is offering an exchange bonus of up to Rs 20,000 if you plan to trade in your old car. While at it, you will get an additional 10,000 rupees off if you go in for entry level D, D1 or mid A variants of the GO. If you take into account the free extended warranty (worth 4,000) and insurance ‘support’ worth additional 4,000 thrown in by Datsun, you’ll save a total of INR 38,000. These offers are valid till 31 October 2014.
The pricing of the Datsun GO starts at around INR 3.1 lakh for the base variant and goes up to around INR 3.7 lakh for the top-end trim. The car is powered by a 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine that puts out 67 bhp at 5,000 rpm and 104 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. It runs for around 13-14 kms for every litre of petrol in city traffic with air-conditioner ON and that figure rises to around 18-20 on highways… (ARAI certified efficiency is 20.63 kmpl).
Note that the Rs 10,000 cash discount is not applicable on the top ‘T’ variant, which infers that Datsun wants you to buy a Micra-sized car without a power steering. Yes…there is no power steering on the D, D1 or A variants and if you are laughing at that, we are too, at the person who has designed the variant features.
Go is a fantastic car, however, it has been terribly messed up by the company management. We have tested the small Datsun and a detailed report would be up soon.