Nissan has released a solitary teaser image of the Datsun sedan designed for the Russian car market. The sedan is based on the Lada Granta, a car that has been on sale in Russia for a couple years now. Like the Granta, the Datsun sedan is based on the Lada Kalina platform. The Lada range of cars are built by Russian car maker AvtoVAZ, in whom the Renault-Nissan alliance holds a 29.6 % stake. Renault-Nissan has plans of increasing this stake to over 51 % by the end of this year, thereby gaining ownership of the Russian automaker. Introducing the Datsun low cost car brand to Russia is a key aspect of Renault-Nissan’s acquisition of AvtoVAZ.
Like the Datsun Go hatchback, the Lada Granta based sedan is a low cost car that is aimed at attracting first time car buyers. Like the Go, the new Datsun sedan will be a petrol-only model, especially considering the fact that Russia favours petrol powered cars, much unlike India where diesels dominate many segments. The Datsun sedan uses locally sourced parts extensively with most parts manufactured in-house by AvtoVAZ. The car will go on sale in Russia later this year and several other eastern European and Caucasian countries could see the launch of the new Datsun sedan in the coming years.
Although the Datsun sedan built for the Russian car market won’t be sold in India, Nissan has plans of launching a Micra-based compact sedan in the country. The Micra-based compact sedan will target the Xcent-Dzire-Amaze-Zest brigade in India. It remains to be seen whether the V-Platform Micra based compact sedan will use a Nissan badge or whether it will be badged a Datsun. Whatever be the brand under which it is sold, expect the Micra based compact sedan to be sold with petrol and turbo diesel engine options. The Micra based compact sedan will make its India debut in the next couple of years.
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