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Datsuns to use Lada Kalina platform

 Datsuns to use Lada Kalina platform
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.
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December 29, 2012 5:37 am
 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...
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December 28, 2012 2:10 pm
 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.
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December 28, 2012 8:03 am
 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.
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December 28, 2012 7:54 am