Showing posts in the category of Datsun

JDM Unicorns Exist: An Original Nissan Fairlady Z 432 Goes For Sale

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If your JDM knowledge needs some dust off (ours did!), this is basically a Datsun 240Z with the powertrain of the original Skyline GT-R, aka the hakosuka. This means that under the bonnet lives and breathes a dual-cam, four-valve, 2-litre inline-six fed by no less than three carburetors, hence the 432 nameplate.

Turbocharged Datsun 510 is Scary but Fun

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The Datsun 510 is a great base to build a nice driver’s car. You can opt to do it the Japanese way and invest in getting the feel perfect or you can slap in a new turbocharged engine and go from there.

Datsun Go and Maruti Suzuki Swift Fail Miserably in Global NCAP Test

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A new crash test session from Global NCAP is exposing the worryingly low safety standards of new cars sold in India, the world’s fifth largest producer of passenger cars.

The results are all the more shocking as the cars belong to two respected global carmakers, Nissan and Suzuki.

Datsun Has a Hard Time Finding Customers for its Cheap Cars

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Nissan’s budget brand Datsun hasn’t convinced too many buyers during the first months on its main three markets, India, Indonesia and Russia.

Datsun on-DO Gets a 5-Door Sibling Called mi-DO at the Moscow Show

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Datsun presented an all-new five-door hatchback model at the Moscow International Auto Salon, called mi-DO, which shares its platform with the on-DO sedan launched earlier this year in Russia.

Datsun on-DO Production Begins in Russia, Priced from $9,580

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Nissan has started production of the Datsun on-DO, the new family sedan developed specifically for Russia. The four-door, five-seat compact model is built at the Togliatti plant as part of a partnership between the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Avtovaz.

Spied: Mi-Do Hatchback, Well, Not Me, but Datsun

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After taking a controlling stake in Russia's automotive firm AvtoVAZ, better known as Lada, the Renault-Nissan Alliance has opened the doors to a brave new world of re-badged models.

Datsun on-Do is the Brand's First Offering in Russia [Updated with 55 Photos]

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We had the opportunity to get a sneak peek at Datsun's first ever offering in Russia in the beginning of the year, and now, it's official following a special presentation in Moscow on Friday.

Datsun Revolutionizes Spy Car Biz with New 2D Print Tech that Protects Testers from Paparazzi

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Well, folks, it's the end of spy shots as we know them. You see, automakers will go to great lengths to shield their future models from prying eyes, employing all kind of trickery and deception methods, from artsy vinyl wraps and misleading prints to solid plastic body shells (read our article on that here), but sometimes, it takes a simple idea to bring about a phenomenal change in the industry.

Datsun Teases First Production Model for Russia, will Launch on April 4 [w/Video]

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Datsun will release its first model for Russia on April 4, marking the brand’s first official introduction to the country. Developed specifically for the Russian market, the all-new car is teased via a design sketch and an animated video (do note that we posted scoop photos of what we believe to be the production car here).

Neat 1970 Datsun 510 on eBay in Bellflower, California

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The Datsun 510, built between 1968 and 1973, is a very European-looking old classic, with lines inspired by the prettiest of Fiat and Alfa Romeo three-box shapes of the era. It came as four- or two-door sedan variation, as well as a station wagon.

New Datsun Redi-Go Concept Hints at Small CUV for India

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One of the main reasons Nissan revived the Datsun brand from its decades-long slumber was to cater to the needs of emerging automotive markers like India and at this week's Delhi Auto Expo, it is revealing a new concept for a small car that combines cues from hatchbacks and crossovers.

Scoop: Datsun's New Low-Cost Sedan Spotted Undisguised in Russia

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Nissan's reborn Datsun brand continues to expand its range of affordable vehicles primarily aimed at developing automotive markets with a new subcompact sedan that was spied in Russia this week.

This Man Took a Year Off to Drive His 1967 Datsun Fairlady Roadster Across North America

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Scott Fisher of Las Vegas, Nevada decided that a one-year road trip across North America was exactly what he needed in order to unwind.

Since starting his trip from Las Vegas last spring, the owner of a 1967 Datsun Fairlady Roadster has covered more than 30,000 miles (48,280 kilometers) spread across 44 states and 7 Canadian Provinces. Surprisingly, most of the trip was covered with the top down.

Datsun Teases New Concept Car for Delhi Auto Expo, Likely Previews Future Model

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Nissan’s Asia-focused budget brand Datsun has released a sketch of a new concept car that will debut at the Delhi Auto Expo 2014 (February 5-11) in India. The carmaker didn’t provide any details about the study other than it points the way to a possible future model.

Datsun's New GO+ with Up to 7 Seats Won't Win Any Beauty Contests [w/Video]

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Following the introduction of the Datsun GO hatchback earlier this year, Nissan’s Asia-focused, low-cost brand has launched its second model, the GO+. Developed primarily for Indonesia, the GO+ is an MPV with a 5+2 seating layout.

The design is identical with the GO right up to the rear doors, which are continued by a third lateral window and added metal. It is not a particularly handsome car, but then again, beauty wasn’t Nissan main objective with the GO+.

Datsun Announces New Model to Be Revealed on September 17

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The Datsun Go (pictured in the sketch above) was unwrapped not long ago, and judging by the pictures, it’s not half-bad-looking, both inside and out. Design-wise, it’s clearly a Nissan, and I wonder what inspired them to do draw it up the way they did – a bulldog statuette wearing sunglasses was used as inspiration for the look of the Cube, so really anything goes.

New Datsun Go Envisioned with Two Less Doors

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Nissan resurrected its Datsun brand some three decades after putting it to sleep with one purpose: to build cheap cars for emerging market such as the entire Southeast Asia region, India, Russia, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa.

The re-born automaker's first product is the Go, a Nissan Micra-based, five-door supermini that will carry a sub-400,000 rupee (US$6,700 / €5,100) starting price when it goes on sale in India later this year.

Datsun Relaunched as Dacia of the East with New GO Supermini [w/Videos]

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Datsun is back some three decades after Nissan came to the decision that it would be to its best interest to kill the name in the early 1980s. Now, Datsun is starting afresh as the third Nissan Motor Company's brand after Nissan and Infiniti as a maker of low-cost vehicles – think of it as the Japanese equivalent of the Renault-Nissan Alliance's Dacia brand.

The first new Datsun is the Go supermini that was unveiled today in the flesh in New Delhi, India. Developed and manufactured locally, the new Datsun hatch will first go on sale in India early next year priced below INR 400,000 (US$6,700 / €5,100) with more markets to follow later in the year, including Indonesia, Russia and South Africa.

Nissan pointed out that Datsun models will be "individually developed for different markets, but the concept will follow a common inspiration".

"This is an historic day for Nissan Motor Company and for our customers and partners in some of the world's fastest-growing markets. It's also an exciting moment for many women and men here in India who – today – come one step closer to realizing the dream of purchasing a car," said Carlos Ghosn, Nissan Motor President and CEO.

Reborn Datsun Brand Teases First Model, an Affordable Micra-Based Supermini

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The first new car to bear the Datsun badge has just been teased by Nissan, and predictably, it won’t get your heart racing, because it has been designed with a low price point in mind first, then the rest…

However, looking at these two teaser shots, one could see a funky supermini, with clearly Micra roots, at least in terms of the overall proportions, and definitely very similar underpinnings. Currently unnamed, the project goes by the internal designation ‘K2’, and should sell well in the “emerging markets” of the world, but it is primarily aimed for the Indian market.