Datsun is due to launch a revamped Go hatchback in SA in November, featuring a facelift and, more importantly, improved safety. We’re told that all versions of the refreshed Go will for the first time come standard with dual front airbags and ABS brakes. Until now only a driver’s airbag has been available in the range, but no antilock braking. It will mark a welcome shift for Nissan’s budget brand that, in the pursuit of offering budget price tags at the bottom end of the market, has been characterised by dismal safety. The Go was launched in SA in 2014 at a starting price of R89,500, but received zero stars in a crash test conducted by Global NCAP’s Indian division. A driver’s airbag was later added, but this only raised the car’s rating to one star, out of a possible five in a follow-up crash test as its bodyshell was rated as unstable. Despite this the car’s affordability has made it a popular seller amongst cash-strapped South African motorists, and since launch the range has gr...

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