The 21st century Datsun will be a no-frills economy car aimed at emerging markets all around the world. Set to take the form of a five-door sub-compact hatchback, it will borrow its platform from the Lada Kalina but the two models will share almost no body parts.
Cost-cutting is the name of the game with the upcoming Datsun, and its interior will be even more basic than that of the budget-focused Kalina.
Precise technical details are not available. However, Nissan has confirmed that the hatchback's engines are being developed in Russia by Lada.
Datsun will follow up the hatchback with a sedan scheduled to make its public debut in 2014. The yet-unnamed Datsun sedan will be built in the AvtoVAZ factory in Togliatti, Russia, and in a new facility located in Indonesia. It will be sold in Russia, Indonesia, India and South Africa for anywhere between $3,000 and $5,000 depending on what equipment it is packed with.
Since Datsun was exhumed exclusively to sell low-cost cars, Nissan does not plan on re-launching the brand in the United States or in Europe.