Datsuns to use Lada Kalina platform

2013 Lada Kalina
2013 Lada Kalina

Targeting 2,300 EUR starting price

Upcoming Datsun models will be based on the new Lada Kalina platform.

In an interview given to Automotive News, Nissan's top executive for Europe confirmed this information, while earlier this month Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said they are targeting a starting price of 2,300 EUR (3,000 USD) to make Datsun competitive with Chinese cars.

In Russia, Datsuns will be manufactured alongside Nissan's Almera Sedan and Ladas at AvtoVAZ's assembly plant in Togliatti located approximately 500 miles (800 km) southeast of Moscow.

Upcoming Datsun models will utilize a modular platform with shared components like fuel and braking systems, along with steering mechanicals. However, Datsuns will look different than Ladas as "the upper body and interior will be completely different."

Datsuns will go on sale starting in 2014 in Russia, India and Indonesia. Vincent Cobee who is Datsun's chief mentioned two models in the first year, followed by a third one in 2015. There aren't any confirmed details about the type of body styles, but most likely at first it will follow Lada's recipe with the Kalina and offer a sedan and a hatchback.

Source: Nissan via europe.autonews.com

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SouthAfrica SouthAfrica
At current exchange rates this will be around 30000 South African Rands. Damn, how can I buy rights to sell this car in our country? Knowing greed at its might,they are going to sell this car at 7000 Euros or 11 000 USD plus.
Dec 29th, 2012 12:37pm
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charlemagne charlemagne
So Datsun will be based on Kalina's platform that is based on some Renault / Nissan platform that is currently used to build Logan family, including some twisted Nissans sold as ...Nissan in some countries that don't have a clue what a Nissan really is..., Renault's B0 platform being nothing but an older platform (Clio 2 and some others) with a few touches of modernity here and there. I'm just curious what's gonna happen with so many low cost brands around the world...
Dec 28th, 2012 9:10pm
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pzxpjy pzxpjy
Lada Kalina began production in 2004. It is unusual to further develop a platform nearly a decade old. Personal guess, this Datsun would have minimum differentiation with the Lada.
Dec 28th, 2012 3:03pm
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Aygo Aygo
I guess that's what Renault does with Dacia, using its own B0 platform.
Dec 28th, 2012 5:23pm
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It's talk about new Kalina, which was revealed this year
Dec 28th, 2012 6:46pm
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pzxpjy pzxpjy
Yes, that's why I am confused. The 2013 new Kalina picture is shown above, which is obviously a facelift model of 2004 Kalina, similar to the Granta facelift this year. But considering the Lada Largus is based on Dacia Logan MCV, it is likely that Lada develops a new Kalina on Logan/March's B0 platform.
Dec 28th, 2012 7:49pm
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Cohiba-lover06 Cohiba-lover06
Oh, my. I lived (and drove) through the oil crisis of 1973 - `74. But I also saw the recovery. Never thought to see such a down-spiral of crappy eco-cars as during this time again. Aparently, it`s BAAAACK.
Dec 28th, 2012 2:54pm
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MutantSushi MutantSushi
Yes, so shocking that the Indian and Indonesian masses have so quickly abandoned their Audi TT's and Cadillac Escalades for something like this, all in the name of 'eco-dom'. Oh. Right. They are abandoning bicycles and motor-bikes. And Russians have driven crap like Ladas all along.
Dec 29th, 2012 10:25am
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SouthAfrica SouthAfrica
The need and demand for this kind of cars has been created according to my observation by the inequalities in wealth accumulation across classes in the world especially the emerging markets where wealth particularly rests amongst the few leading to the middle class to get into debt rather than be able to save hence resolve to this kind of cars. Also positive as well the need for this cars is also created by new entrants into the working class who have large families to take car of hence they cant particularly go for a BMW and a VW Golf or Polo,since they themselves go for a premium these days.
Dec 29th, 2012 12:51pm
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