India-made Datsun redi-GO will soon be seen running on Sri Lankan roads marking a re-entry of the brand on the island. This news comes shortly after powers in Sri Lanka announced a relaxation in import duties for small cars with a less than 1000-cc engine capacity. Datsun will be exporting the redi-GO hatchback from India which is currently being manufactured at the company’s Chennai facility.
The redi-GO will mark Datsun’s re-entry into the Sri Lankan market. Datsun was first launched on the island in 1957. For sale of the redi-GO, Datsun has partnered with parent company Nissan’s dealer network in Sri Lanka, AMW and sales for the redi-GO are expected to commence from September 2016. The redi-GO is powered by a 799-cc engine making 54PS of maximum power. Sri Lankan authorities have recently announced a reduction in import duties for cars with engine capacity less than 1000-cc and Datsun appears to be quick to cash-in on to the opportunity to re-enter the Sri Lankan market that includes small cars from Suzuki and Toyota as well.
Datsun launched the redi-GO in India in June 2016 and the small car has managed to sell well in the initial period. With over 10,000 units sold in the country in the first couple of months, the redi-GO has received the best welcome in India compared to other Datsun products.
Vincent Cobee, Global Head of Datsun
"The return of Datsun to Sri Lanka is a key element of our expansion in fast-growing markets where there is growing demand for personal mobility,"
“Datsun's key values – Dream, Access and Trust - are designed to accommodate the needs and aspirations of up-and-coming customers who seek attractive styling, modern engineering, worry-free ownership, and an engaging driving experience. We are delighted to return to Sri Lanka with Datsun redi-GO to expand our offer in the largest vehicle market segment to a new generation of Sri Lankan customers who are ready for something new and exciting.”