According to a report, the Renault-Nissan alliance might unveil its Datsun vehicle in mid 2013.
The report was published in the Hindu Businessline and it says that Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn will personally unveil the B-segment car in July 2013, currently codenamed the K2. The K2 will most likely follow the I2 and the K2 seven-seater.
The I2 is expected to be an A-segment car, to be sold at about 3,500 euro, while the K2 seven-seater will probably be in the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga category. All three models are to be launched at the 2014 Auto Expo.
The Datsun brand, which was revived in March 2012 by Nissan, will manufacture low-cost vehicles for markets such as India, Russia and Indonesia, and will ‘complement an owner’s bike as second option’ according to the automaker. The vehicles will be produced for the local market and not on any global platform.
“Datsun represents 80 years of accumulated Japanese car making expertise and is a important part of Nissan’s DNA,” the automaker said in a statement.
Datsun was founded in 1931 as the DAT Motorcar Co., the firm was taken over by Nissan two years later. Datsun vehicles were first exported to the United States in 1958, but by the mid-19080s the brand was already forgotten. Now Nissan brought back into the light the dusty logo, for a line of low-priced vehicles.