By on April 4, 2014

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With a hatchback and an MPV already rolling out in India and Indonesia, the third Datsun product has been revealed for the Russian market, and it finally completes the missing piece of the puzzle: a three-box sedan.

While most of Europe tends to be hatch-crazy, Russia tends to have a greater affinity for sedans. While it shares some of the same mechanicals as other Datsun cars, the on-Do is a fair bit bigger. The Go hatch is just under 150 inches long, while the on-Do is 172 inches in length, or 7 inches shorter than a Honda Civic, though it’s just over an inch wider than the Go.

Much of the work for the on-Do was done by Autovaz, Renault-Nissan’s alliance partner in Russia, much like how Indian and Indonesian engineering units were used to develop the Go and Go+ for local conditions.

At $11,340, the on-Do is one of the more expensive Datsun models. Datsun’s next car is said to be focused on Africa, and will likely carry a much more affordable price tag.

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26 Comments on “Datsun on-Do Won’t Be Debuting In New York...”


  • avatar
    Viquitor

    This thing is a Lada, right?

  • avatar
    Lorenzo

    So Russia gets a 3-box sedan with a tall greenhouse and a level belt line that allows the driver to see cars behind him, and we get gun slit windows and high butt rear ends with lousy visibility in three directions. It’s CAFE, isn’t it? When did the federal government acquire the power to dictate fuel economy? It has nothing to do with health or safety (just the opposite in terms of visibility) and we’re not at war.

    • 0 avatar

      Likely not having to meet certain safety standards as well.

      • 0 avatar
        TonyJZX

        it looks like an indian market car… in fact i think they already have it

        the interior looks like it lacks airbags and basic safety from say 10 yrs ago

        but even so i like the honest engineering involved

        the estates looks ok but i dont know about 7 people onboard with a what looks like half the motor of a normal car

        what next? a jacked up FWD CUV based on the same platform?

    • 0 avatar
      Pch101

      This car has a 1.6-liter, 87 hp motor, which should produce good fuel economy. Your CAFE reference is frankly nuts.

      We’re not getting this car because we wouldn’t buy it. We already have a Versa that is more powerful and probably better equipped, and that may crash better.

      • 0 avatar
        Lorenzo

        If the car is well screwed together and durable, people here will buy them. When Nissan was still Datsun here, they were very successful selling basic transportation at a low price. Today’s low purchasing power economy is similar to the ’70s, and there just might be enough customers to make it worthwhile for Nissan to import. My CAFE reference was based on the Founders’ original concept of limited government. If you’re a progressive, you wouldn’t understand.

        • 0 avatar
          LALoser

          I was looking at a beat early 80′s Nissan King Cab 4WD in a parking lot this morning and remembered how popular they were.

        • 0 avatar
          Pch101

          It would be nice if you didn’t use the founders as a lame excuse for your flawed faux-analysis of the auto industry.

          Nissan already sells us a cheap car (or two, if you count the Versa Note separately from the Versa.) Why would they want to sell a second (or third) one that Americans don’t want and that competes directly with other vehicles in their lineup?

          In any case, CAFE is a fuel economy requirement. The car discussed here would obviously not get poor fuel economy, given its low power, which should make it pretty obvious that CAFE has zero to do with this.

          • 0 avatar
            Lorenzo

            Pch101, my comment was that CAFE rules prevent the 3-box tall greenhouse of the Datsun. I believe the high rear and belt line, lower greenhouse and sloping rear window are not just design fads, but a result of wind tunnel design to comply with the CAFE formula. You are free to disagree, but that was the first part of my comment.

            The second part of my comment actually questions the government’s power to impose CAFE at all, since there’s no health or safety justification for regulating fuel economy. I believe, as did the Founders, that the government’s powers are limited and it’s actions must be justified. You’re free to disagree, and even claim the government’s power to regulate is open-ended.

            I can see you misread my comment on the first point, and you disagree with me on the second point. That’s fine, we can agree to disagree, as long as there are no insults or disrespect.

          • 0 avatar
            jhefner

            The cars today give us what we want — sports car performance with 300HP engines and good gas mileage at the same time. The only way you can achieve both is to tweak the aerodynamics.

            Yes, you could go back to the 1970s-1980s model of stripped boxy cars with anemic sub 100 HP engines. But, despite the howlings of the B&B; these would sell as well as the brown manual diesel wagon and the compact FWD pickup truck.

          • 0 avatar
            Pch101

            American roads are crawling with crossovers, and yet seriously you want to claim that CAFE results in reduced car height?

            The assertion is obviously ridiculous, given all of the elevated vehicles on American roads today. Dragging the founders into it only highlights the degree of confusion in your arguments.

          • 0 avatar
            Lorenzo

            Pch101: weren’t you banned here before?

          • 0 avatar
            Pch101

            Pointing out the absurdity of your arguments isn’t “trolling”, but an effort to offer facts to contradict your penchant for hysteria.

        • 0 avatar
          koreancowboy

          We need more sub-10K cars here…I get requests all of the time for cars with a $250/month payment.

          If we still had the last-gen Rios with the “$8,995″ advert price (loss leader), I would have “sold” twice as many cars as I did last month.

      • 0 avatar
        Big Al from Oz

        @Pch101
        The US will not get any Datsun branded product. Your opinion has little to do with whether they are imported into the US.

        The Renault/Nissan Alliance stated that the re-introduction of the Datsun marque will only be on sale in developing nations.

        I do remember Northern Africa was a prime location as well for manufacture of Datsuns.

    • 0 avatar

      I actually googled it and found some Indian sites talking about this car. According to them and some wikipedia articles it’s a Lada Granta underneath. The Granta is based on the older Lada Kalina. So, it would seem that the basic systems and engine are Lada through and through while the eletro-electronic systems, AC, ABS, airbags, steering etc. is Renault-Nissan.

      Supposedly Nissan showed this car and some other “Datsun” products in clinics in Brazil and the cars were rejected.

      Finally, as to safety, the original Lada Granta has stuff like airbags and abs and is exported to Western Europe. So I expect it to be safe enough.

      • 0 avatar
        Viquitor

        May God bless those clinics. This is one ugly car.

        As for the Lada roots, wasn’t the Kalina just a re-heated 110? As in the Lada project that was born when the USSR was still around? 1980′s soviet tech right there.

  • avatar
    LALoser

    Datsun: Appearing soon on Vodka Videos.

  • avatar
    Onus

    Remind me to get around to writing on Article on driving a Lada Granta. For now enjoy a picture of me half asleep behind one.

    http://imgur.com/z8uVPXg

    The Granta is filled with Renault-Nissan switch gear, and 4 speed auto trans if you opt for the auto. Yes it has airbags.

  • avatar
    stanczyk

    .. you should start to like cars like this .. :)

    After petro-dollar collapse.. this will be ‘Your-dream-car’ ..
    and big-money’ll brainwash(‘convince’) you that you desire ‘brand new, ecological, efficient , cheap , ‘global-product’ automobile ..


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