2019 AA Kinsey Report: The Datsun GO is the most economical city car to service or repair

The Datsun GO has scooped yet another win, emerging as the most cost-effective vehicle to service or repair in the City Cars and Entry Level category of the 2019 AA Kinsey Report.

The GO has for the fourth consecutive year – and every year since its launch in South Africa – come out on top in this well-respected survey.

Datsun GO parts most affordable in class. At R63 310, the GO’s total parts basket price this year amounted to around R3 000 less than its closest competitor’s.

The Datsun GO proved the most affordable of all eight cars in its category in terms of both service parts and repair parts.

Its service parts basket price totaled R2 047 – 16% less than the vehicle ranked second-best in this regard – and its repair parts basket price was R8 846 – 21% less than the vehicle ranked second best in this regard. he GO was also mentioned as one of the best-priced in its class in terms of crash parts, with a basket price of R52 416.

Designed with cost-efficacy top of mind. Volatility in the South African economy in recent years has had a real and marked impact on South Africans across the board. As a result, A-segment category cars have increased in popularity, particularly with first-time new car buyers.

The GO was designed with cost-efficacy front of mind, as an offering to cater to this demand. “The results of the 2019 AA Kinsey Report serve to further reinforce the Datsun GO’s position as a market leader in this segment as well as its reputation for providing the South African customer base with an offering that is not only affordable in terms of its selling price but also represents real value for money in the long-term,” says Kabelo Rabotho, Marketing Director for Datsun South Africa.

The 2019 AA Kinsey Report Released on June 26, and now in its 29th year, what was previously known as the Kinsey Report has been relabeled the AA Kinsey Report, to appear on the AASA’s official website. The report is compiled by veteran motoring journalist Malcolm Kinsey and compares popular vehicles in nine different categories, in terms of the price of their parts. This is further split according to the prices for parts needed during servicing, for repairs and as a result of crashes. The 2019 AA Kinsey Report features all Auto Trader Car of the Year 2019 finalists. A total of 72 different cars have been included. Twelve vehicles that were featured in the previous year’s report, have this year been omitted. However, an additional 19 have been added. Most prices in this year’s AA Kinsey Report were obtained from dealers in the Durban, Pinetown and Umhlanga areas.

Source: https://motorpress.co.za/

Lawyer turned baker: Datsun supports local entrepreneurial dream

‘Just follow your dreams’ is perhaps one of the most-heard phrases any young person will ever hear. And sometimes hearing it just a little too much can irritate the living daylights out of you.

But for Babette Kourelos there was nothing to think about as she traded life in the corporate lane for the kitchen. With two years left on her BA LLB degree, Kourelos suddenly found herself in love with baking bread and made it her mission to turn her hobby into an occupation.

Over the years, she had built herself quite a reputation and would eventually be supplying fresh bread to numerous independent stores across Johannesburg.

She said: “I started small, from home, and eventually found myself driving all over Johannesburg delivering bread to specialty restaurants, delis and independent coffee shops.”

Pushing through

To fuel her passion, Kourelos, after graduating, moved to Vermont, USA for a few months to follow an apprenticeship in bread baking (no, really. We’re not joking). Under the guidance of her 73-year-old instructor, she quickly caught on and was soon getting the tricks of the trade under the knee. During her sessions, she was not allowed to use any form of technology and the wi-fi on the premises was only used to make contact with her family in South Africa.

Notes were taken the old fashioned way by dotting them down in a notepad and hands-on training was the order of the day. Kourelos says that her instructor had a reputation for being ruthless when classes commenced and that trainees would quit like flies. One even called it quits after just a day!

But she kept her head down and already after her first week was taught some of her instructor’s greater secrets to baking bread. Something her teacher seldom did with anyone. Sadly, her instructor passed away at the end of 2018.

When she returned to South Africa a few years ago, she started her own bakery and soon ‘Babette’s Bread’ was born.

Datsun supports local

Datsun is no stranger to local businesses. Its vehicles are often times the preferred choice; especially because of their affordability and low running costs. 

Hide Kuwayama, Datsun SA’s new managing director, says: “Datsun is pleased to be able to support all types of businesses. Whether you are an entrepreneur that just started out and you are looking for an economical car that will enable your business operations, Datsun has a hard-working fleet to rely on.”

Source: https://www.news24.com/

BS-VI compliant Datsun GO, GO+ debut in India

Both the Datsun cars come with 180 mm ground clearance and various safety features such as vehicle dynamic control, dual front airbags, ABS. New Delhi: Nissan Motor India said it has launched the BS-VI compliant versions of Datsun GO and GO+ models in the country.

The five-seater Datsun GO is available at a starting price of Rs 3.99 lakh for manual variant and Rs 6.25 lakh for CVT trim. On the other hand, the seven-seater Datsun GO+ is priced at Rs 4.2 lakh for manual variant and Rs 6.7 lakh for the CVT trim.

“With the new Datsun GO and GO+, we have introduced high-quality products that not only have a strong value proposition but are also future-ready,” Nissan Motor India MD Rakesh Srivastava said in a statement.

Built with Japanese technology, both cars are BS-VI compliant and offer the most affordable CVT (continuously variable transmission) options in India, he added.

“With innovative financial schemes, we want to extend support to our customers in these testing times. We aim to enhance the value propositions of our products in line with Datsun’s mission of enabling progressive mobility,” Srivastava said.

The models come with 180 mm ground clearance and various safety features such as vehicle dynamic control, dual front airbags, ABS (anti-lock braking system), EBD (electronic brakeforce distribution), brake assist, and reverse parking assist.

Source: https://auto.economictimes.indiatimes.com/

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