Relaunched Datsun hints at new car styling; due for launch in 2014

Datsun has shown the first official sketches of its new car.

Set to be revealed later this month, the five-door hatchback is reported by the maker to be aimed at a younger generation of car buyer and will cost £3500 when it goes on sale in 2014.  The car, codenamed K2,  is predominantly aimed at the Russian, Indonesian, South African and Indian markets. Its pricing will put it into direct competition with the Dacia Sandero in these regions.

However, Datsun has confirmed that it won't be selling the car in the UK.

The new Datsun will use the same 1.2-litre, three-cylinder engine from the current Micra. Part of the suspension will also come from the Micra, mixing elements from both the current and previous generation of car. No diesel engine is planned. 

The company is aiming its new model at India's middle class, working under a new banner of 'Dream, Access, Trust'. Datsun calls itself "a new brand for 21st-century risers".


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1 July 2013

Certainly looks budget, i wonder if the flat bottom wheels come as standard.


1 July 2013

Any chance of a Datsun fairlady 240Z (fatlady, singing lady...). Or even a 120Y. Or my personal favourite the 240RS. Not forgeting the world famous Datsun Bluebird series. Then there was the Datsun Violet 160J. Come on, keep up. Topped it all by the godamn awful 300ZX, with free medallion.


1 July 2013

I remember when Datsuns first arrived in the UK, but since they're targeting other markets we'll not have to contend with two marques in the same dealership.  Since Renault/Dacia/Nissan and now Datsun are all related, they might seem to competing with themselves.  If they're as successful now as they were when first launched in the UK, selling cars that are at the value end of the market, Datsun may become a force to reckon with in the future.

2 July 2013

Doubt the final production vehicle will look anything remotely like the sketch, but even so, looks a damn sight more cohesive than the mongrel Micra ...

Zero chance of it arriving on these shores ... Even if it does, you can start by doubling that £3,500 asking price ... Welcome to Rip-Off Britain ...

2 July 2013

Suzuki QT wrote:

Doubt the final production vehicle will look anything remotely like the sketch, but even so, looks a damn sight more cohesive than the mongrel Micra ...


I think the opposite, it prob will look like these drawings, if u remove all the 'designer' faff, it looks like a rehashed (i.e. mongrel) of today's Micra. So they will make an even cheaper version of an already cheapened car....

4 July 2013

I sit me or does it look excatly like the Chevy Spark.

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